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 general collection includes publications produced by bureaus and offices of the Department of the Interior, as well as reports of research and projects funded by the Department. The Library receives many reports each year from other agencies of the U.S. Federal government as a selective Federal Documents Depository Library.
The Interior Library acquires books and journals on such subjects as,
National Parks and Historic Sites
Water Resources Management
Offshore Oil and Gas Development
United States History
Forest and Range Management
Government, Public Policy, and Public Administration
Natural Resources Management
The Reference Collection includes standard reference sources such as almanacs, encyclopedias, yearbooks, and directories. Titles of special interest to the Department are also collected. These include microform copies of all Congressional publications and documents, presidential executive orders and proclamations, and selected records from the Department that are permanently maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.
Periodicals and Newspapers
The Library receives dozens of journals and newsletters, and subscribes to five daily newspapers. Recent issues of many of the most popular titles and selected legal periodicals are shelved in the Periodicals Reading Room.
Earlier issues are retained. Most periodicals are shelved alphabetically by the title of the periodical. Earlier issues of a few journals are shelved in the book stacks by their call number.
All current periodicals and newspapers, and most others, are listed in the online catalog. A summary of holdings for some periodicals is shown in the catalog listing for that periodical. Consult a Reference Librarian to discover the Library's exact holdings of other titles.
The Law Collection contains United States Reports, Federal and regional reporters, selected state, territorial, and tribal codes, and legal treaties. There are also Departmental legal and administrative materials, law reference sources, and law reviews. Subject specialties include environmental law, public lands and land use, law relating to American Indian tribes, and administrative law.
Four other online information services may also be of interest to employees:
The Rare Book Collection includes titles published in the 19th century and earlier, on subjects such as the Department of the Interior, Native Americans, American history, and natural history. In the online catalog, the locations of rare books are shown as "RARE." To use a rare book, please see a Reference Librarian.