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.
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."
The Library's own collections include some 200,000 current and historical publications.
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 twenty-three thousand 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.
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.
In 1968 the National Park Service unveiled “Summer in the Parks,” an innovative experiment to connect parks with urban communities in and around Washington, D.C. What began as a summer program to send the District's urban youth to Catoctin Mountain and Prince William Forest parks, in June of 1966 grew to become a citywide, summer-long festival, attracting residents to parks in every quadrant of the city. Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway headlined the kickoff event at Meridian Hill Park to an audience of over twenty thousand.
Le Tout Ensemble: The National Park Service Discovers Historic Districts
Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
What do Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and the movie High Society have to do with historic districts as a convention in American historic preservation? The answer can be found in New Orleans and the phrase le tout ensemble. One of the most valuable results of the creation of Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg prior to the Great Depression was that older communities across the United States started to see their historic neighborhoods as important community assets that were worthy of conservation.
Others must come to the Interior Library to use these databases, or contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.
The Interior Library Reference Staff maintains access to the Lexis Advance, Westlaw and PACER online databases. Departmental employees can visit the Interior Library or contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via the Library's Questions and Comments form if they would like a reference librarian to conduct a work-related search in any of these databases.
To help you determine whether and where a needed electronic book or journal is available online, we provide this complete, searchable alphabetical list of titles. If you're not sure where to find a something online, try this list first.
The list combines the full-text journals and other materials in all the database services to which the Library has access.
Also included are some single subscriptions as well as selected open access books and journals. Most entries include coverage dates, and all entries have links directly to the requested title.
Please direct your questions on database searching strategies to a Reference Librarian.
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.