Juan Manuel Garcia-CDF

Public Library, Archives, and Museum

Public Library

Opening hours

Open to the public

Monday to Friday, from 07:45 to 12:30 and 14:00 -17:15.

You can also access our collections through our online catalog.

Not just your average library, the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) Library, Archive and Museum at our campus features three unique spaces dedicated to the management of knowledge and memory: written and audiovisual documents, archival materials, and archaeological and historical artifacts. There is something for everyone - from scientific to fictional, for the scientist or a student.

To protect and ensure the conservation of these valuable artifacts managed by the CDF, and due to the environmental conditions in the Galapagos Islands, all the collections are currently organized in spaces with temperature and humidity control, as well as with restricted access.

G. T. Corley Smith Library

Open to the public, the G. T. Corley Smith Library (Library) houses the bibliographic collections of the CDF, and welcomes all visitors who want to learn more about natural sciences, especially those carried out in Galapagos.

Carlos Espinosa-CDF

The general collection of the Library consists of textbooks and specialized reference texts on exact and natural sciences, with a special emphasis on ecology, conservation and biology. It also includes:

  • A specialized newspaper library.
  • A reference section.
  • The Darwin collection (texts by and about the distinguished scientist).
  • Four specialized collections which collect much of the scientific knowledge produced on the natural environment of Galapagos, along with the history of the CDF.

All of these are cataloged online:

Online catalogue

The Library is not just a space with books. In addition to keeping our bibliographic database up to date, and offering a specialized search, loan and reference service, we have actively promoted reading as a form of leisure by significantly expanding our collection of fiction. At the same time, we have organized a series of activities to support scholarly writing and outreach.

travelling libraries
Carlos Espinoza-CDF

Traveling Libraries - Bringing Books to Remote Communities

Libraries are a pillar of education and professional development. The library at Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) is only one of two libraries on Santa Cruz Island, and there are no libraries on Floreana or Isabela islands. With this scarcity of libraries in Galapagos, CDF launched the Traveling Libraries initiative in 2019, which aims to bring books to communities across the archipelago, in particular communities in remote areas of the islands. The project today reaches five schools across three islands.


Our Archives comprise of a textual, and an audiovisual and special materials sections. Between them they comprise tens of thousands of images, drawings, maps, administrative papers, field notebooks, and unique manuscript copies, produced by some of the many researchers who have worked at the CDRS.
Textual archive

The textual archive contains the old newspaper library (academic journals from the period 1930-2000), architectural plans, the map library, research, historical and educational documents, and CDF administrative files.

Audiovisual and special materials archive

This archive includes photographs and slides, films, sound recordings, illustrations, posters, brochures, maps, diskettes, CDs, DVDs, and other documents and objects.

The Archive and Museum are restricted to researchers, and are limited to certain materials. For access, please get in touch:


Digital series

As custodian of the biggest collection of documents and audiovisual heritage on Galapagos' scientific history and social memory at an international level, CDF recovers, digitizes and publishes these unique documents as digital publications. Featured below are three titles from our Digital Series.


The Museum seeks to recover and conserve archaeological artifacts, and pieces of historical and cultural value of the Galapagos.

In the last year, work has also begun to recover personal documents of scientists who worked in Galapagos in the past, and the digitization of hundreds of photographs and slides, as well as manuscripts and unique gray literature.

In parallel, a "media archeology" program has been launched to recover and safeguard old information management technologies, such as tape recorders, cameras, storage media, furniture and catalogs, etc.

As with the Archive, access to the Museum's collections is restricted to researchers, and is limited to certain materials. For access, please contact us:

Juan Manuel Garcia-CDF


The Social Memory of Galapagos

Galapaguena is a digital and bilingual platform dedicated to the recovery, management, and dissemination of the cultural heritage, and the social and scientific memory of the Galapagos. In addition to online content, the platform allows the download of unique digitized documents and outreach materials related to Galapagos social.

Andres Cruz

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