About The Library

Othmer Reading Room

The Othmer Library Reading Room.

The library of the Society of Flavor Chemists was started in 1999 and grew so fast that it became too valuable and also too difficult to manage.    In 2017, it was decided to donate the complete SFC library to the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia  (CHF).

The CHF, later renamed the Science History Institute,  already had The Othmer Library, one of the most outstanding libraries in the chemical field in the US.  Now, the Society of Flavor Chemists had  safeguarded its library and, at the same time, found a location where our library can grow in years to come. Partnering with the Science History Institute allows continued access to SFC members and non-members, alike. Access can be made by appointment. For details see: Othmer Library Contact Information.


Our mission is to engage exclusively in scientific, technological and educational  information and activities by collecting books, publications and archives related to flavors, flavor ingredients and the flavor industry.

Our goal is to create and maintain a leading global source of information  in these fields


The collection is housed at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia PA.

Othmer Library Contact Information

Located in Philadelphia, the library is open to researchers by appointment. Search the catalog below and schedule a visit.

Search Midon, the Othmer Library Catalog

If you have books, publications and / or archives that you would like to donate, please contact the Library Committee.

Remember, all of us have an obligation to preserve the history of the flavor industry.

Contact Library Committee

Chair:  Alfred E. Goossens


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