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USGS Libraries

Welcome to the largest earth science library in the world! Established in 1879 to build and organize a collection of scientific materials in the earth sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey Library is now the largest library for earth sciences in the world. The Libraries Program includes four central libraries and is part of Core Science Systems within the USGS.

USGS Publishes Afghanistan ResearchUSGS Field Records Collection in Denver, ColoradoUSGS Photographic LibraryFlagstaff LibraryPublic Lecture: Treasures of the USGS Library
USGS Publishes Afghanistan Research
USGS projects in Afghanistan have produced a substantial number of publications, maps, and other documents. Extensive research by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Afghan Geological Survey, and the Department of Defense has yielded volumes of information about areas of high … Continue reading
USGS Field Records Collection in Denver, Colorado
The USGS Field Records Collection in Denver, Colorado is an archive of unpublished field notes, annotated maps, sketches, correspondence, analysis reports, and other data created or collected by more than 1200 USGS scientists during field studies and exploration of the … Continue reading
USGS Photographic Library
The USGS Photographic Library in Denver, Colorado is an archive of still photographs and original sketches dating from the 1870′s and taken by USGS scientists as part of their field studies. Topics include USGS personnel, earthquakes, volcanoes, geologic hazards and … Continue reading
Flagstaff Library
Welcome to the USGS Library in Flagstaff, Arizona. Our library serves both USGS personnel and visiting researchers and members of the public. Our collections are focused primarily on astrogeology – a planetary science discipline concerned with the geology of the … Continue reading
Public Lecture: Treasures of the USGS Library
Since its creation in 1882, the USGS Library has grown to become the world’s largest library dedicated to earth and natural sciences, holding more than 1.5 million volumes and 800,000 maps. Richard Huffine, Director of the USGS Libraries Program, highlights … Continue reading
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