Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 

E. E. Reinke Library

The E. E. Reinke Library is named for Vanderbilt University zoologist Edwin Eustace Reinke, who served as the first director of HBS from 1929-1935, when the institution was known as the Highlands Museum and Biological Laboratory, Inc. Dr. Reinke bequeathed many books from his personal library to help establish a library at HBS. His remaining papers are archived in Vanderbilt University Special Collections.

The E. E. Reinke Library at HBS now boasts an extensive collection of books, monographs, Federal and State reports, theses and dissertations, and more than 30 journals relevant to the ecology, systematics, evolution, and conservation of organisms and ecological systems of the southern Appalachian region. (Note: HBS no longer subscribes to scientific journals, which are now readily accessible on-line through WCU’s Hunter Library or the libraries of our visitors’ home institutions). 

The Reinke Library catalog is searchable online through Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. Reinke Library materials are available for reference use only.