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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 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.

Contact Us

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

FDR: Friend of Labor
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Before the New Deal, American workers had little power. Employers set wages as low as they wished. Pensions and other benefits were rare. Workplace safety was poor and child labor widespread. Unions had only limited legal protection. Workers who tried to organize faced intimidation, firing, and even violence. Upon reaching the presidency in 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt changed this balance of power.

Training Sessions

Native American Legal Research on Lexis Advance
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 2:00 pm

Lexis Advance offers a substantial collection of Native American Law materials including tribal constitutions, codes, treaties, court opinions and other primary and secondary legal materials. In this training session, our Lexis trainer will explore relevant federal laws, including how to deep dive into Congressional documents and treaties. Attendees will discover troves of tribal primary law; how fill in the spaces with Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and delve into analytical options for emerging issues including Oil & Gas, Water Rights, and Eminent Domain.


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

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.

Find Electronic Books and Journals By Title

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.

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.