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Authorized by Congress in 1879, the U.S Geological Survey Library is recognized as one of the world’s largest Earth and natural science libraries, providing services, collections, and expertise essential to the USGS mission.

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Date published: September 22, 2021

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month

In conjunction with the DOI Special Emphasis Program, the USGS Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Date published: August 20, 2021

Online Catalog Partially Unavailable

The Library’s Online Catalog will be partially unavailable from August 27th through August 30th.

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Date published: April 7, 2021

115 Years Later: The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

To commemorate the historic northern California earthquake, the USGS Library is hosting a virtual open house and exhibit.

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Year Published: 2015

Minerals, lands, and geology for the common defence and general welfare, Volume 4, 1939-1961: A history of geology in relation to the development of public-land, federal science, and mapping policies and the development of mineral resources in the United States from the 60th to the 82d year of the U.S. Geological Survey

The fourth volume of the comprehensive history of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is titled “Minerals, Lands, and Geology for the Common Defence and General Welfare—Volume 4, 1939‒1961.” The title is based on a passage in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. The late Mary C. Rabbitt (1915‒2002), a geophysicist who served with...

Rabbitt, Mary C.; Nelson, Clifford M.
Rabbitt, M.C., and Nelson, C.M., 2015, Minerals, lands, and geology for the common defence and general welfare—Volume 4, 1939–1961: Reston, Va., U.S. Geological Survey, 704 p.,

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Year Published: 2012

On-line access to geoscience bibliographic citations

On-line geoscience bibliographic citations and access points to citations are exponentially increasing as commercial, non-profit, and government agencies worldwide publish materials electronically. On-line bibliographic tools capture cited works, and open access content allows for freely obtained citations and documents. For this newsletter,...

Wild, Emily C.
On-line access to geoscience bibliographic citations; 2012; Article; Journal; EXPLORE: Newsletter for the Association of Applied Geochemists; Wild, Emily C.

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Year Published: 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey Library

Established in 1879, to build and organize a collection of scientific materials in the earth sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library is the largest earth sciences collection in the world. The USGS Library System is managed by the Geographic Information Office (GIO), Information Policy and Services Office, and includes four libraries in...

The U.S. Geological Survey Library; 2004; FS; 125-03; Geological Survey (U.S.)