Welcome to the Ernst Mayr Library blog! In 1861 Louis Agassiz purchased books from the collection of Belgian paleontologist Laurent Guillaume de Koninick and along with Agassiz’s personal collection, the MCZ Library was born. In October 1995, the library was renamed in honor of Ernst Mayr, evolutionary biologist and former director of the MCZ. Ernst Mayr was 91 when the library was renamed, and still actively publishing and participating in lively arguments with his colleagues until shortly before his death at 100 on February 3, 2005.
For a fuller library history, see the article by Robert Young, Special Collections Librarian Happy 150th Birthday to the MCZ Library!