The Libraries seek to support research and instruction in the biological sciences and physical anthropology. Particular areas of collection strength include genetics, molecular and structural biology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, evolutionary biology, zoology, plant physiology, developmental biology, and cell biology. It supports the needs of undergraduate and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, post-docs, researchers and staff.
The following changes in the user population were observed during the final half of the 1990’s: The department has greatly expanded the offerings for non-science majors, and as a result the number of undergraduates using the library has greatly increased. The amount of money spent for undergraduate reserve material has also increased. The department is currently recruiting a geneticist and a biochemist that would not require additional support. The department also plans to recruit a structural biologist and when those plans are consummated, added materials will be needed. There is a new and expanding interest in structural biology.