Washington Geology Library
   

The Washington Geology Library was created in 1935, and was mandated to collect, archive, and provide access to materials on the geology of Washington State. In addition, publications on tsunamis and emergency management are collected on behalf of the NOAA National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. The library has more than 80,000 items in its collection.

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*Visit the full library catalog here.

The LIBRARY COLLECTION

Type of Publications

  • Maps—topographic, geologic, historic, coastal, etc.
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Environmental impact statements
  • Watershed analyses
  • Soil surveys
  • Journal articles
  • Reference materials and textbooks
  • Popular geology books

Publishers

  • Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Various government agencies (local, state, and federal)
  • Academic journals such as Geology, GSA Bulletin, AAPG Bulletin, Natural Hazards Review, and others
  • Geotechnical consultants
  • Universities

WHO WE SERVE

  • The public
  • Geotechnical consultants
  • Academics and students
  • Employees of all branches and agencies of government (federal, state, and local)

 

 

SERVICES WE PROVIDE

We help people perform basic geologic research and reference searches for topics such as:

  • geologic hazards
  • mineral resources
  • Washington's geology
  • rock hounding
  • gold panning
  • geophysics
  • water resources
  • environmental geology
  • and many others

We also provide the following services:

LIBRARY DONATIONS

The Washington Geology Library accepts donations within the scope of our collection (i.e. Washington or regional locale, and earth science related). Please review our donation guidelines (click here for printable version) or contact the librarian for more details.

LIBRARY HOURS, LOCATION AND CONTACT

Librarian: Stephanie Earls
(360)902-1473
Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Monday-Thursday
Closed Fridays and
Location: Rm. 173
Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

GEOLOGIC SURVEY PHOTO COLLECTION

Over the years, the Division has archived a large number of geology photos and we're now putting them online. Photographs are now searchable through a map, keyword, or category search.