The Library Reading Room will be closed on Thursday, January 26, for a special event. Library Staff may still be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
On May 2, 2022, the Stewart Lee Udall Building reopened to the public. All visitors must enter through the C Street lobby, with individuals over 18 years of age required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID. The building will remain open to the public while COVID-19 Community Levels are at the Low or Medium level.
Library programs will continue to be held via webinar.
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.
The Library's own collections include some 200,000 current and historical publications.
A staff member is available Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Moving Forward Together at Arlington House: Lessons Learned
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Arlington House/The Robert E. Lee Memorial used to disregard the nearly 200 people enslaved at the Arlington Plantation, deify Lee, and ignore enslavement as the cause of the Civil War. How did the site correct its storytelling, commit to non-negotiable facts and language, and, most importantly, build and earn trust with descendants of people enslaved at Arlington House?
Useful Federal Resources on the Web
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET
While the Internet can be a great resource for federal documents, it is often difficult to know what trustworthy sites to go in order to find the official materials that you are looking for. Many websites proclaiming themselves to be an authoritative source for federal government information actually have out of date or just factually incorrect information. Finding those that are relevant and reliable can often be a difficult task.
These databases are available to all departmental employees at their desktops. Employees who are teleworking may access them through the Department's VPN. Others must 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 a 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.