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Welcome to the USGS Library!

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: May 11, 2020

40 Years Later: The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the USGS Response

USGS Library is commemorating the historic 1980 eruption by highlighting USGS research about Mount St. Helens.

Attribution: USGS Library
Date published: March 31, 2020

USGS Library – Virtual Services Guide

The USGS Library has added a new, online guide highlighting resources and services available to employees whether they are teleworking, offsite, or working from their office. Please visit the USGS Library Virtual Services Guide for tips on how to search the Library Catalog, order documents, and contact Library staff for assistance.

Attribution: USGS Library
Date published: October 25, 2019

2019 Open Access Week: "Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge"

Join the USGS Library in recognizing Open Access Week and exploring how the USGS supports this movement. Highlights today focus on Tracking the Impact of USGS Publications and Information Products.


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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.)