The U.S. Geological Survey Library

Fact Sheet 125-03



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 Reston, Va., Denver, Colo., Menlo Park, Calif., and Flagstaff, Ariz. The library holds over one million books and journals, 700,000 maps, 370,000 microforms, 270,000 pamphlets, and 250,000 photographs. In addition to the four libraries managed by the GIO, the USGS has smaller libraries in other locations with collections closely related to the specialized research of their local USGS scientists. The USGS Library System supports the research of USGS scientists by providing access to worldwide information resources. While continuing to build and maintain the large collections of maps, books, and periodicals, the USGS Library system is evolving from a traditional library to a more "virtual library." USGS employees, wherever they are located, have desktop access to an increasing wealth of electronic resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The U.S. Geological Survey Library
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 125-03
DOI 10.3133/fs12503
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Library, Core Science Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries
Description 1 p.
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