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The Don Lee Kulow Memorial Library

The Don Lee Kulow Memorial Library (EROS Library) provides support for staff at EROS. Expansive information on remote sensing, environmental sciences, systems engineering, and other topics is available.


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The EROS Library hosts a physical collection of more than 5,500 reference works, monographs, professional papers, reports, conference proceedings, and atlases. EROS employees have access to print materials housed within the EROS Library, reference and research literature delivered over the Web through a host of electronic databases, and materials in libraries worldwide accessed through interlibrary loan services.

The mission of the EROS Library is to provide research and technical support to EROS scientists, engineers, and professional staff with access to current and historical information in the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS); earth and environmental sciences; data management and archiving; information technology, web development, and software engineering; systems engineering; and project management.


Visit and Contact Information

The EROS Library welcomes visitors and researchers from outside EROS between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to use any of the library’s resources. The library is also indexed in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library catalog. We circulate portions of our collection on a library-to-library basis only. Please consult your local librarian about interlibrary loans.

Don Lee Kulow Memorial Library

U.S. Geological Survey, EROS

47914 252nd Street

Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001

OCLC Symbol: GIE 

Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time


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This is a bust of Don Kulow, whom the EROS Library is named after. 

Don Lee Kulow, Remote Sensing Instructor and Outreach Leader

In 1972, Don Lee Kulow, the namesake for the EROS Library, was appointed to head the Professional Services Section at EROS. He was the first instructor in remote sensing data interpretation at EROS. Beyond his government agency work, he also taught an evening class in Sioux Falls for local business and community leaders.

Kulow’s outreach to the local community initiated a warm relationship between the Center and its neighbors. Sadly, Kulow passed away in 1973. When the new facility for EROS was completed later that year, the library was named in his honor, and his wife, Joan, donated Kulow’s personal collection of remote sensing books as a foundation for the new EROS Library collection.

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