Joan Staats Library at The Jackson Laboratory

Our Research Focus

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. 

We are open to the public during normal Laboratory hours which are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check-in at the receptionist's desk in the front lobby is required.

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: 207-288-6146 
Fax: 207-288-6079 
General Email: 
Interlibrary Loan:


Douglas Macbeth
Phone: 207-288-6164 

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.


Access to Faculty Research, Legacy Mouse Strain Bibliography and Student Reports can be found at The Mouseion at the JAXLibrary.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology online

The Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) is a nationwide association of over eighty independent, not-for-profit research institutes.

Bioethics Resources on the Web
Background information and various positions on issues in bioethics

Produced by BIOSIS, this a free web site offering resources for the life sciences information community (formerly Internet Resource Guide for Zoology).

Business Source Complete
Business periodicals in the areas of management, economics, finance, marketing and accounting
National Cancer Institute's guide to publications, funding sources, clinical trials and much more

A searchable database of 360,000+ chemical substances

Current Protocols in Immunology
Comprehensive coverage of immunological methods

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Comprehensive coverage of molecular biology methods

Directory of Information Resources Online, from the National Libraryof Medicine (NLM)

DOE's Information Bridge
Provides access to full-text and bibliographic records of Department of Energy (DOE)  research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy and other topics.

The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The U.S. government's official web portal for all government transactions, services and information

Genetic sequence database that is an annotated collection of all publiclyavailable DNA sequences

A toxicology data file produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) as part of the Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET). Users can search by chemical or other name, chemical name fragment, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (RN), and/or subject terms.

Genetics Home Reference
The National Library of Medicine's website about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions.

A relational database of hazardous chemicals and occupational diseases

Household Products Database
A database of safety information on more than 4,000 common household products

IEEE Xplore
Browse tables of contents and access Abstract records of IEEE transactions, journals, magazines, conference proceedings and standards.

ISI Journal Citation Reports
Journal performance metrics, including impact factors 

Journal Citation Reports (ISI)
Journal performance metric, including impact factors

Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the state of Maine through the online resources of MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library.

Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary
From NIH and the National Library of Medicine via MedlinePlus

MLA User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
Molecular Biology Database Collection
Summary and links from the Database Issue of Nucleic Acids Research

Mouse Genome Informatics
(MGI)MGI provides integrated access to data on the genetics, genomics and the biology of the laboratory mouse.

The Mouseion at the Jaxlibrary
A modern-day digital repository containing more than 80 years of the scientific research discoveries of The Jackson Laboratory

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
NCBI hosts the Entrez search service for searching a number of databases including Genbank, OMIM and other specialized databases.

National Institute of Health
NIH is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world.

NLM Gateway
"One-stop shopping" for an increasing number of the information resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  A single interface that searches in multiple retrieval systems, including PubMed, Toxline Special, Locator Plus, DIRLINE, OMIM and other specialized databases

Occupational Outlook Handbook
(U.S. Dept. of Labor) A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.  Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Project Gutenberg
The Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books.  Most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain in the United States.

Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules

A service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full-text articles and other related resources.
A gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results

The world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full-text and bibliographic information

A multidisciplinary navigational tool that contains records from more than 14,000 journals going back to the mid 1960s, offering newly linked citations across the widest body of scientific abstracts available in one place

An official source of United States Federal Legislative information, produced by the Library of Congress.

Thomas Register (ThomasNet)
A comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America

A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals and related areas

United States Copyright Office

Web of Science
A database of over 12,000 high-impact journals, featuring Citation Searching.