Joan Staats Library at The Jackson Laboratory

Our collections

The services and collections of the Joan Staats Library support The Jackson Laboratory's mission to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. 

Our specialized collection areas include: genetics, inbred mice, animal health and husbandry, development, embryology, complex traits, immunology, cancer, molecular biology, neuroscience and computational biology.

Nearly 5,600 electronic journal titles, 80 print journal titles and a book collection of more than 4,000 volumes comprise the collection.  Our Reprint Collection numbers over 46,000 journal articles. The library is located on the second floor of the C.C. Little Library and Conference Center.

The Jackson Laboratory Historical Archives Collection includes the C.C. Little Papers, 1929-1954; The Jackson Laboratory Staff Personal Papers, including the George Snell Papers; The Jackson Laboratory Publications; a Photograph Collection of over 5,000 prints and negatives; and numerous media and museum collections.

Contact information


The Joan Staats Library 
The Jackson Laboratory 
600 Main Street 
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609-1500

Phone: 207-288-6421 
Fax: 207-288-6079 
General Email: 
Interlibrary Loan:


Ann Jordan
Information Analyst
Phone: 207-288-6241 


Open to the Public: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Visitors must present a photo identification or at a minimum a government issued identification with a signature -- i.e., fishing license, etc.  At this point the visitor will be directed to complete the rodent contact questionnaire on the electronic signature capture pad and to place their identification on a scanner.  After capturing this information a one-day, color-coded, self-expiring visitor’s badge will be produced.  While the badge is printing the security coordinator will contact the Library and request that a staff member meet the guest in the lobby.

Open 24-hours a day to staff, summer students, and official visitors of the Laboratory.