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Whether it’s for official business or for professional development, look to the Pentagon Library first before buying your e-books elsewhere. Your Pentagon Library card gives you easy access to a continually expanding collection of e-books regarding various government functions. 

  • Ebrary is a collection of over 80,000 e-book titles. The books in this collection cover a variety of topics, ranging from political science, social sciences, history, IT, military history, and more.  Download pdfs of individual chapters or sync your device to download entire books. Check out up to 10 books at a time. 
  • MyiLibrary is a collection of test preparation e-books for ACT, MAT, ASVAB, and the Officer Candidate Test.

Electronic Journals and Newspapers

Pentagon Library cardholders can search nearly 100 databases for full-text articles and documents. Most databases are accessible from any computer.  Browse the A-Z list by database title, or search for a journal/newspaper by title. 

Language Resources

Learning a new language from scratch or brushing up on existing language skills?  Let the Pentagon Library’s language resources help. Your Pentagon Library card gives you easy access to various web-based, print, and audio language resources.  So, you can study in whatever learning style suits you.

  • Study over 100 languages/dialects using Transparent Language Library
  • Learn vocab quickly using Byki Online’s flashcard-based approach in the Transparent Language Library
  • Practice real-life conversational phrases with Mango
  • Read international news from non-English sources with Newspaper Press Display and Nexis 
  • Check out audio CDs, Playaways, print phrasebooks and dictionaries

Legislative Histories and Law Collection

The Pentagon Library Law Collection contains both current and historic information in print and microfiche.  Find Public Laws, Congressional Record, House and Senate Reports, Hearings & Documents back to 1789

  • See Bound legislative history volumes for National Defense Authorization & Appropriation Acts and more
  • U.S. Serial Set and CIS is also available on microfiche
  • Request congressional hearing transcripts from our librarians provided by

The library has several e-databases available to Pentagon Library cardholders.  You must come to the library to access CRS Reports and Lexis; reference librarians can send pdfs from these resources upon request. 

Military Documents

The Military Documents section of The Pentagon Library is a collection of current and historical regulatory, administrative, and training publications issued by the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, and other selected government agencies.  This is one of the most comprehensive collections of historical DoD, War Department, and Department of the Army documents available.  There are approximately 250,000 documents in the collection.

The Pentagon Library offers:

  • Reference and referral service for customers researching official military or related publications
  • Circulating copies of most documents in the collection to Pentagon Library cardholders
  • Download capability for the extensive collection of Army Regulation pdfs available through our online catalog

Print, Audio-Visual and Microfiche/Microfilm

Though the Pentagon Library strives to make digital content available to its cardholders, the library has valuable print book and periodical collections, as well as publications on microfiche and microfilm.

You'll also find:

  • Audio CDs and Playaways (upper level)
  • Atlas and Map Collection (upper level)
  • DVDs and VHS (upper level)
  • General Collection (call numbers A-P on lower level; call numbers R-Z on upper level): Historic and contemporary print books covering the subjects of policy, government, business, technology, history, military science, and much more
  • Microfiche and microfilm readers and printers for library customer use (lower level in Law Collection)
  • New Books (upper level)
  • Periodicals (lower level)
  • Reference (upper level)
  • Rotating Collection (upper level)


Professional Reading List Collection

To advance your professional development or to become more aware of hot topics in defense and national security, use professional reading lists as your guide. The Pentagon Library’s Professional Reading List Collection features the full collections of nine different leadership reading lists.  The collection is on the upper level of the library, by the Reference and New Books collections.

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