Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The Interior Library provides a full range of professional reference and research services to U.S. Department of the Interior employees, throughout the nation, who rely upon the Library to maintain and locate materials in print, microform, and electronic media to support their research.
Librarians can assist Interior Department employees with research strategies on our online catalog, on our subscription databases, and on the Internet. Librarians can also direct Library users to the judicial, regulatory, and legislative materials in our Law collection and help locate materials in the general collection and periodical collection.
Librarians will make referrals to the appropriate agencies, organizations, and libraries that can provide requested information. Organizations and Federal agencies are welcome to request library tours.
DOI employees may contact the Reference Desk with questions or requests via telephone, mail, fax, or send e-mail. Field employees are welcome to submit research requests or call with their research queries. Please use a research request form (available in pdf format) or when using your own format, be sure to include all of the necessary information as shown on the form.
Access to Databases and the Internet
Several on-site computers with Internet connections are available to all patrons. These computers may be used to access online databases that otherwise are available only to Departmental employees. Patrons may also use CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs available in the Library's collections. On-site access is provided to CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs on a wide range of subjects including geology, geography, mining, wildlife and oil and gas.
DOI employees may contact a reference librarian to request searches of Westlaw databases.
The Library provides photocopiers and microfilm and microfiche reader-printers. No fees are collected for copies made on the premises. The general public is asked to contribute paper to replace copies made and should consult a reference librarian before making copies. Copyright restrictions apply to all photocopies.