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Most of this information was gathered from the Directory of Geoscience Libraries, North America, published by the Geoscience Information Society. The information in the directory is current as of mid-1996. We have made attempts to update some entries, particularly where area codes have changed and websites have been made available. We include in our list only those libraries whose collections are open to the public.

BATTELLE—PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY
Hanford Technical Library
2770 University Drive
PO Box 999, MS P8-55; Richland, WA 99352
509-372-7430; fax 509-372-7431
E-mail: pnl.techlib@pnl.gov
http://libraryweb.pnl.gov/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with collection. Hanford Technical Library is an applied science and technology library supporting the USDOE’s Hanford site. Primary areas of emphasis: nuclear science and engineering, chemistry, energy research, and environmental waste management and restoration. 40,000 books; technical reports from Hanford site and other AEC/ERDA/DOE contractors: 80,000 (paper), 800,000 (microfiche); 800 current journal subscriptions.
  • Collection open to public. Online catalog. Databases available: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts; Compendex; Corrosion Abstracts; CybeRegs; EnergyCitations; INIS Atomindex; Inspec; Metadex; NTIS; Oceanic Abstracts; Pollution Abstracts; TOMES; Toxicology Abstracts; Water Resources Abstracts. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
100 LIB; 816 F St; Cheney, WA 99004-2453
509-359-7888; fax 509-359-6456
http://www.library.ewu.edu/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with main library collection. Broad geologic coverage with emphasis on the Pacific Northwest and western U.S. Approximately 46,000 geoscience volumes; 76 current geoscience journal subscriptions; USGS topographic and thematic maps of the western U.S.; 125 M.S. theses, 1970 to date. Excellent collection of USGS reports (in the documents collection) including Open-File Reports (on fiche) and historic surveys; good collections of state geological survey reports from the western states (in the classified collection). Collection strengths: environmental geology, geophysics, history, hydrogeology and hydrology, paleontology, stratigraphy and historical geology, surficial geology, soils, and geomorphology. Approximately 4,000 topographic maps; 58 digital maps on CD-ROM.
  • Collection open to public; non-campus users can get borrower’s card. Online public access catalog available. Online search services available. CD-ROMs: Geobase on FirstSearch; GeoRef, GPO, WorldCat on FirstSearch. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
Robert A.L. Mortvedt Library
12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447-0013
253-535-7500; fax 253-536-5110
E-mail: ref@plu.edu
http://www.plu.edu/~libr/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with main collection. 2700 volumes; 24 current journal subscriptions; 3000 geoscience maps, with emphasis on western U.S.; USGS maps; some state documents. Geoscience maps and spatial data kept with geoscience collection: 1500 topographic maps; 500 thematic maps.
  • Collection open to public; circulation limited to campus community and consortium members; onsite use only for non-campus community. Photocopying available, including oversize and microform. Online search services available to public. CD-ROMs: GeoRef; WorldCat on FirstSearch. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Science and Social Science Department
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-1109
206-386-4636
E-mail: infospl@spl.org
http://www.spl.lib.wa.us/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with main downtown library. Emphasis on Washington State. USGS and state survey publications. About 9,000 geoscience volumes (including bound USGS documents); 7 geoscience journal subscriptions. Geoscience maps and spatial data kept with geoscience collection; full set of USGS topographic maps kept in the Humanities Department.
  • Collection open to public. Online catalog available. Online search service. No CD-ROMs. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, SEATTLE DISTRICT LIBRARY
4735 E Marginal Way; PO Box 3755; Seattle, WA 98124-2255
206-764-3728; fax 206-766-6444
https://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/im/library/home.asp

  • Geoscience materials integrated with full collection. 600 geoscience volumes; 12 current journal subscriptions. Special collection: Waterways Experiment Station reports on microfiche.
  • Collection open to public; onsite use only. No online search services. No CD-ROMs. Photocopying available, 8.5 x 11 in. only.
  • Interlibrary loan available. Network: OCLC. Fax requests accepted. No charges. Special materials loaned: theses; technical reports from various government agencies.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY PUBLIC READING ROOM
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999, MSIN H2-53; Richland, WA 99352
509-372-7443; fax 509-372-7444
E-mail: doe.reading.room@pnl.gov
http://reading-room.pnl.gov/; http://rrcatalog.pnl.gov/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with Reading Room collection. Collection specific to south-central/eastern Washington. About 30,000 volumes, primarily technical reports prepared by DOE and its contractors, relating to the Hanford site.
  • Collection open to public; onsite use only. Photocopying available, including microfiche.
  • Interlibrary loan not available.

U.S. NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Seattle Regional Library
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Bldg 3; Seattle, WA 98115-6349
206-526-6241; fax 206-526-4535
E-mail: seattle.library@noaa.gov
http://www.wrclib.noaa.gov/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with main collection. Broad geologic coverage, with strengths in economic geology, environmental geology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology and hydrology, marine geology and oceanography. 10,000 volumes (2,000 in geoscience); 30 current journal subscriptions; 200 other serials; large collection of technical reports.
  • Collection open to public; onsite use only. Online catalog accessible offsite via WWW. Online search service available to the public: DIALOG. CD-ROM: Water Resources Abstracts. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Engineering Library
206-543-0741
E-mail: englib@u.washington.edu
http://www.lib.washington.edu/Engineering/

Map Collection
206-543-9392
E-mail: maplib@u.washington.edu
http://www.lib.washington.edu/Maps/

Suzzallo-Allen Libraries
206-543-0242
E-mail: http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/contact.html
http://www.lib.washington.edu/suzref/

  • Geology, geophysics, oceanography and marine geology, and chemistry integrated into main collection in Suzzallo-Allen Libraries; maps and aerial photos in the Map Collection; engineering geology and technical reports in Engineering. Broad geologic coverage with comprehensive emphasis on Pacific Northwest. Over 3.5 million volumes held in Suzzallo-Allen Libraries and more than 50,000 current serial titles.  More than 1,000,000 science/engineering technical reports housed in Engineering Library.
  • Collections open to public. Searchable online library catalog. Databases, such as GeoRef, Water Resources Abstracts, WorldCat of FirstSearch, and others, accessible through public computers on campus. Photocopying and scanning available. Interlibrary loan available. Online reference service available.

WASHINGTON GEOLOGY LIBRARY
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Division of Geology and Earth Resources
Natural Resources Bldg, Rm 173; 1111 Washington St SE
MS 47007; Olympia, WA 98504-7007
360-902-1473; fax 360-902-1785
E-mail: stephanie.earls@dnr.wa.gov
Washington Geology Library

  • Separate geoscience collection with comprehensive coverage of Washington State geology and mineral resources. 60,000 volumes, including some rare materials; western U.S. state survey exchange program; partial USGS and USBM depository; full set of USGS geologic open-file reports on Washington geology; many technical reports; 3000 geoscience maps with emphasis on Washington State; 1000 aerial photos, with emphasis on Washington State; 100 microfiche; 2500 theses about Washington geology and mineral resources, 1901 to date.
  • Collection open to public; onsite use only. GeoRef. Searchable, online library catalog, 1792 to date. Photocopying machine available (for oversize and color documents, bring your digital camera).

WASHINGTON STATE LIBRARY
Point Plaza East; 6880 Capitol Blvd
MS 42460; Tumwater, WA 98504-2460
360-704-5200; fax 360-704-5221
E-mail: refq@secstate.wa.gov
http://www.secstate.wa.gov/library/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with collection. Broad geologic coverage of U.S. and Canada. 1,600 geoscience volumes; 35 current geoscience journal subscriptions; 100 atlases; 500 aerial photos; more than 5000 microfiche. Regional USGS depository, with full runs of Bulletins, Professional Papers, and Water-Supply Papers. Open-File Reports on microfiche, 1979 to current. 2500 topographic maps for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Other maps housed at the University of Washington Map Library.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Owen Science and Engineering Library
Pullman, WA 99164-5610
509-335-4181; fax 509-335-2534
E-mail: libweb@wsu.edu
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with science and engineering collection. Broad geologic coverage with regional emphasis. 25,000 volumes; 160 current journal subscriptions; 240 other serials; 5,000 geoscience maps; 5,000 microfilm/fiche units; 430 theses (including WSU theses, 1923 to current). Collection strengths: geophysics, hydrogeology and hydrology, mineralogy of the Pacific Northwest, paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy and historical geology, surficial geology, soils, and geomorphology, technical reports. Geoscience maps in separate collection; include 5,000 topographic maps.
  • Collection open to public. Online catalog available. Online search services available. CD-ROM: GeoRef, AGRICOLA, Water Resources Abstracts; WorldCat on FirstSearch; Biosis; SCI. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TRI-CITIES CAMPUS
Consolidated Information Center; 2770 University Dr
CIC Room 101L; Richland, WA 99352
509-335-4181; fax 509-335-2534
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Huxley Map Library; MS 9079
Bellingham, WA 98225-9103
360-650-3272; fax 360-650-7702
E-mail: jcollins@wwu.edu
http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~maplib/

  • Map Library separate collection; most geoscience materials housed in Wilson Library. 951 atlases; map library organization journals; 9 other serials; 221,607 maps, with emphasis on U.S. and Canada; 145,00 topographic maps; 77,000 thematic maps; 28,000 air photos, with emphasis on historical photos of Whatcom County; 52 microforms; 74 theses, including WWU Geography M.S. theses, 1968 to date. Full depository for USGS topographic and geologic maps, Canada Map Office topographic maps; partial depository for DMA, National Ocean Service, Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources open file reports. Significant collection of historical materials, emphasis on U.S. and Canada. Digital maps area.
  • Collection open to public; onsite use only. Paper card catalog only; no offsite access. CD-ROMs: USGS GNIS; Cart. Catalog. Photocopying available. Other services: drafting tables, light table, mapograph, study area. Interlibrary loan available.

WHITMAN COLLEGE
Penrose Memorial Library
345 Boyer Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362
509-527-5919; fax 509-527-5900
http://www.whitman.edu/penrose/

  • Geoscience materials integrated with college library. Depository collection of USGS books and maps. 5000 topographic maps.
  • Collection open to public. Online catalog. Online search services available. CD-ROMs: WLN Lasercat; SCI. Photocopying available. Interlibrary loan available.

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Stephanie Earls
Washington Geology Library, Librarian
360-902-1473
stephanie.earls@dnr.wa.gov

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