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Does the USGS have science libraries?

The USGS has the largest earth science library in the world. The Libraries Program includes central libraries in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado along with small, topic-specific libraries in science centers scattered around the country. For assistance with library resources, send an email to or call 703-648-4301.

Holdings and services at science center libraries tend to reflect the center’s research specialties. Specialized collections include the Historic Topographic Maps Collection, Rare Books Collection, and Antarctic Research Center (Reston); and the Photographic Library and Geologic Field Records (Denver).

The public is welcome to visit USGS libraries and use their resources during working hours. Books cannot be checked out by the public, but they can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. USGS publications can also be accessed through the online USGS Publications Warehouse.

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