The E. K. Harry Library of Fishes, located on the second floor of the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, is the information center of the International Game Fish Association. Its mission is to collect, document, and preserve significant materials and artifacts relating to the past, present and future of sport fish and sport fishing, to provide access to these materials, and to disseminate information to the local, national and international public.
Contributions to the Library Collection
Library materials are received by donation and exchange from collectors; writers; book, magazine and video publishers; organizations; clubs; members and Museum visitors. Hundreds of private donors have determined that IGFA is the most appropriate repository for their special collections; all donors can be assured that their significant gifts will be preserved and retained for future generations. First editions, photograph albums, scrapbooks, negatives, and special items and artifacts are stored in the Library's Rare Book Room, a secure, temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. Since Library materials do not circulate, the entire collection is always available for research or browsing by visitors during Library hours. Click here to see the latest additions to the collection. Reference service is also provided for off-site (worldwide) patrons.
Today it enjoys a reputation as the most extensive and comprehensive recreational fishing collection in the world.
Largest Fishing Library in the World
The E. K. Harry Library of Fishes currently contains more than 15,000 books, from first editions of angling classics to the latest books in print; 150 outdoor and fishing magazines from many countries and in many languages (some of which go back to the 1930s); 2,100 videos, including classic fishing films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s as well as modern releases; hundreds of technical journals, papers and bulletins from scientific institutions, government agencies and individual researchers; an extensive collection of newsletters and yearbooks from organizations and fishing clubs; thousands of slides and photographs ranging from historic record catches and exciting action shots of fish and fishing to famous anglers of yesterday and today; memorabilia from sport fishing greats, including documents, research, news clippings, scrapbooks, and private correspondence; fish mounts; original art; trophies; a stamp collection; and much more. Title, author and subject access (by more than 5,000 fishing-related subject headings) to the entire collection is provided by the Library's unique database.