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April 2002

100 Years of Science

The Main Library's Science & Technology Department celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Founded in 1902 as the Useful Arts Room, it originally housed information on industry and engineering for use in our manufacturing city, and was the first such room in an American public library to circulate its technical materials to the general public.

Over the past century, the Science & Technology Department has kept pace with rapid scientific advances and the burgeoning public interest in the subject. The collection now numbers over 250,000 books and 40,000 pamphlets on a broad range of subjects in the pure and applied sciences. Some collection strengths are chemistry, engineering, natural history, ornithology, gardening, cooking, and consumer information. Health, nutrition, fitness, parenting information, weather, automobile buying and repair, and trade and manufacturing directories are a few of the many other topics that the department encompasses. The Pet Memorial fund helps purchase pet care guides. The department maintains a special collection for students working on Science Fair projects.

The department also selects and updates the lists of useful science and technology websites indexed in the Sites by Subject section of the Library's webpage.

To honor the occasion of its anniversary, the staff of the department has prepared a special booklist, "100 Notable Books in the Science and Technology Department." This list covers: Philosophy of Science, Nature, Biology, Botany, Animals, Health, Technology, Agriculture, and Family Living.

For more on the history of the department and its collections, visit the Science & Technology section of our webpage and the March/April and May/June issues of Library LINKS.

You can also find information on related displays and programs on our webpage.

Call the department at 513-369-6936 or e-mail them for more information or for help in using their resources.