The Cabot Science Library collections consist of core materials on astronomy, biochemistry, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioremediation, botany, chemistry, ecology, environment, general science, geology, medicine, microbiology, natural history, neuroscience, oceanography, physiology, physics, sustainable agriculture, and zoology. In addition to an extensive reference collection, the library is the repository of research-level interdisciplinary materials not collected by the subject-specific science libraries at Harvard.
Cabot houses extensive research collections in pure mathematics and theoretical statistics. The general collections are predominantly in the English language. The research-level collections include materials in other languages, such as French and German, and also Russian-language materials in the mathematics collection. Cabot also houses extensive collections in the fields of geology, geophysics, mineralogy, stratigraphy, geochemistry, and regional geology. While materials from all over the world are represented, the collection is particularly strong in New England geology.
Specialized collections include: computer manuals; agriculture, engineering, geology, and aviation materials dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; mathematics materials dating back to the mid-19th century; international chemistry dissertations dating from the 1850s through 1960s; Rand reports from the 1940s through 1960s; and videos, including Science Center Research Lectures for Non-Specialists, a series sponsored by the Science Center.
Cabot's collections include books, journals, government documents, manuals, maps, pamphlets, and other formats such as videos, CD-ROMs, and computer diskettes. Bibliographic information about these resources, databases, and electronic journals can be accessed online via the HOLLIS catalog and the Harvard Libraries site.