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Where DOI Employees Get Their Information

The Interior Library provides a full range of professional reference and research services, available to Interior employees in both the Washington, DC, area and nationwide. The collections include Departmental publications, as well as related books, journals, electronic databases and other resources that support the mission of the Department, its agencies, and bureaus.

GPO Names Department of Interior Library the Best in the Nation

    Last Updated: October 18 2017
    Published: October 16 2017

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) names the Department of Interior (DOI) Library the 2017 Federal Depository Library of the Year. This is the first Federal agency library to receive this award. The Library was selected for its leadership, promotion of Government information, highlighting Government documents through its Park Ranger Speaker series, a variety of reference tools available for patrons, and preservation of its collection. The DOI Library became a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1895. The library recently completed a renovation and modernization of its facility.

“I congratulate the Library and its staff for its continued efforts in Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the Federal Government since 1895.” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “The Library is an example of the critical relationship GPO has with the library community in providing the public free access to Government information in digital and print formats.”

“The Department of the Interior Library is very pleased and highly honored to accept the 2017 FDLP Library of the Year award," said George Franchois, library director. "Our staff recognizes the importance of providing patrons unfettered access to government information, even when circumstances beyond our control create obstacles to doing so. Now that we are back in our modernized library space, we plan to continue our long tradition of furnishing access to these materials."

DOI Library staff with the award



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The Library's own collections include some 200,000 current and historical publications.

The Reading Room Reopens

The staff of the Department of the Interior Library is pleased to announce that its newly renovated space has been reopened. The Library had been closed for three and a half years while the modernization of wing 1 of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC was underway.

The newly modernized Library features a renovated Reading Room restored to the same grand appearance it had when the building first opened in 1937, and over 23,000 linear feet of movable compact shelving on two reconstructed basement floors and on the main level. A meeting room on the main level has also been added. Books and other Library materials have been returned from offsite storage and are ready for use once again by the Library's patrons.

We invite you to come visit the Library, enjoy our renovated Reading Room and explore our newly added features. The Library is located at 1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151 (just off the C Street lobby entrance) in Washington, DC. 

The Library is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm.

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Upcoming Programs

Park Ranger Talks are held in the Rachel Carson Room, which is located on the ground level of the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building. Other training sessions are held in the Library's conference room.

Park Ranger Speaker Series

Digging for Henry Bacon
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:00 - 1:45 pm

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, is one of the most famous buildings in the world.  However, few can name its architect, or can say, for that matter, where his name appears on the memorial. Henry Bacon, the architect, remains something of an enigma. Bacon was largely an unknown outside of the architectural world with few major accomplishments to his name when he was selected in 1912 to design the Lincoln Memorial.


Training Sessions

Lexis Advance: Introduction and New Features
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Lexis Advance delivers an unmatched set of legal, news, business and analytical content that professionals trust. Content is delivered within a single intuitive interface that includes: pre- and post-filters, folders for storing and sharing, research history, alerts and 24/7 customer support.


Electronic Resources for Departmental Employees

Others must come to the Interior Library to use these databases, or contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.

General Interest


Law and Public Policy


Find Electronic Journals By Title

To help you determine whether and where a needed journal is available online, we provide this complete, searchable alphabetical list of titles. If you're not sure where to find a journal online, try this list first.


The list combines the full-text journals and other periodicals in all the database services to which the Library has access.

Also included are some single subscriptions as well as some journals freely available on the Internet. Most entries include coverage dates, and all entries have links directly to the journal.

Please direct your questions on database searching strategies to a Reference Librarian.


The Federal Depository Library Program      Government Publishing Office logo

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Interior Library provides local, no-fee access to Federal government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance. Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections. The Interior Library has received Federal depository materials since its designation in 1895.