GT Corley Smith Library, Archives & Museum

The G. T. Corley Smith Library is the information centre of the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Located in the heart of the Station, it houses the bibliographic collections (books, journals, reference texts, collections of articles, theses, etc.) and the institutional archives. The latter include thousands of photographs, slides, illustrations, maps, plans, administrative and educational documents, and unique manuscript materials produced by some of the many researchers who have worked at the Station.

The centre provides specialized search, loan and reference services to residents and visiting scientists, volunteers and students. Likewise, it opens its doors to naturalist guides, tourists and visitors, teachers, students of all levels and, in short, to all those willing to immerse themselves in a unique collection, specialized in natural sciences in general, and in the science developed in Galapagos in particular.

Opening Hours

Monday through Friday, from 7:45 am to 12:30 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:15 pm.
    (593) 5 2526-146, extension 118

You can also access our collections digitally through our online catalog.

Collections and services

The bibliographic collection of the G. T. Corley Smith Library includes a general collection, consisting of general and specialized textbooks on exact and natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, conservation and biology. It also includes a small specialized journal collection, a reference section, the Darwin collection (texts by and about the distinguished English scientist), and two special collections: Galápagos and Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). In these two, a good part of the scientific knowledge produced about Galapagos' natural environment is presented, together with the history of the Charles Darwin Foundation and Research Station.

The CDF archives are divided into two sections: textual and audiovisual. In the first one, the old journal collection (periodicals from 1930 to 2000), the architectural plans, the historical and educational documents, and the administrative files are located. The second includes, as its name suggests, photographs and slides, films, sound recordings, illustrations, posters, brochures, maps, diskettes, CDs and DVDs.

Due to the prevailing environmental conditions in the Galapagos Islands, as well as to the vicinity of the sea, all collections are currently protected in controlled temperature and humidity environments.

The bibliographic collection can be consulted in the reading room by any visitor; loan and reference services are reserved to CDF members. The archive, on the other hand, can be visited by researchers only. The collection of the library has been uploaded into a public Koha bibliographic catalog.


An historical note

The library was opened in 1979 in one of the first buildings erected at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Its collections and those responsible for them were changing over time, following the many historical ups and downs that affected the Charles Darwin Foundation, and the Galapagos Islands themselves.

The library owes its name to the British diplomat Gerard Thomas Corley Smith (1909-1997). Upon retiring from his political duties, he joined the CDF's Executive Council in 1969, and in 1972 he assumed the position of Secretary-General, a job he held until 1984 at his home in Essex, England. He was also the editor of the official CDF publication, Noticias de Galápagos (currently Galapagos Research). Corley Smith left, as part of his legacy, the formation of the library that today bears his name.

The ‘Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands’, in French ‘Fondacion Charles Darwin  pour les Iles Galapagos’, Association Internationale sans but lucrative (AISBL), has its registered office at Avenue Louise 54, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Trade Registry # 0409.359.103

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