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Entomology: Welcome

This subject guide provides an introduction to Library and Web resources related to the discipline of entomology.

Entomology: Welcome

Die Insekten, Tausendfüssler und Spinnen

Image from Die Insekten, Tausendfüssler und Spinnen (1877), by Ernst Ludwig Taschenberg (1818-1898) and Alfred Edmund Brehm (1829-1884). Retrieved:



This guide provides a starting place for exploring resources for the study of Entomology. Information on many related topics, including agriculture, ecology and evolutionary biology, plant sciences, and enology and viticulture can be found in other Library Research Guides.

No matter where you are in the research process, we encourage you to ask for help by emailing Mann Library Reference desk at or by contacting the library liaison for Entomology (Deborah Cooper).


Library Collections - Background and Context

The primary subjects of the entomology collection housed at Albert R. Mann Library are general and applied entomology. Related areas include parasitology, medical entomology, ecology, zoological nomenclature, and allied orders of arthropods. The collection consists of both new acquisitions as well as materials from the Comstock Memorial Library of Entomology. Types of materials in the collection include: journals (print and electronic); current research monographs (print and electronic); conference proceedings; laboratory and training manuals; an extensive number of reprints; departmental theses; rare books; and more. The entomology literature spans a number of languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, and others.

In an effort to sustain the accessibility of this world-class collection in line with the strategic planning process of Cornell University and the Cornell University Library, the collection and services of the Comstock Memorial Library in Entomology (established 1914) were integrated into the main life sciences collection housed at Albert R. Mann Library following the closing of the Comstock Memorial Library of Entomology in June 2012. 

Affiliates of Cornell University can use Document Delivery services to request some items, as well as to obtain materials previously housed at the Lee Library (New York State Agricultural Experiment Station) in Geneva.

All items can be located by using the Cornell Library Catalog. Principal LC call number ranges include:

  • QL461-599.82 Insects 
  • SB818-945 Economic entomology 
  • SB950-990.5 Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection
  • SB950.9-970.4 Pesticides
  • SF459.I5 Animal culture—Pets—Other animals, A-Z —Insects as pets 
  • SF518 Insect rearing
  • SF521-539.8 Bee culture
  • SF810 Veterinary parasitology

Entomology Liaison Librarian

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Deborah Cooper
Deborah Cooper
Digital & Special Collections Librarian

Mann Library
Cornell University
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