The Library Reading Room will be closed Thursday, May 26, 2022, due to a special event. Staff will be available remotely and may be reached by email (email@example.com).
On May 2, 2022, the Stewart Lee Udall Building reopened to the public. All visitors must enter through the C Street lobby, with individuals over 18 years of age required to present a valid, government-issued photo ID. The building will remain open to the public while COVID-19 Community Levels are at the Low or Medium level.
Library programs will continue to be held via webinar.
The Interior Library provides a full range of professional reference and research services, available to Interior employees in both the Washington, DC, area and nationwide. The collections include Departmental publications, as well as related books, journals, electronic databases and other resources that support the mission of the Department, its agencies, and bureaus.
The Library's own collections include some 200,000 current and historical publications.
A staff member is available Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Abraham Lincoln – Civil War Commander-in-Chief
Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET
Abraham Lincoln’s interpretation of his role as commander-in-chief during the American Civil War would change the presidency forever. Even though he had no military training, Lincoln quickly rose to become one of America's most talented commanders. Throughout the war, he was aware that his adversary, Jefferson Davis, was a West Point graduate who had fought as a colonel of a Mississippi regiment in Mexico and served as the U.S. Secretary of War from 1853 to 1857.
Statutes and Regulations Research on Westlaw
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn how to research statutes and regulations on Westlaw. In the first part of this training session, attendees will be shown how to use the tools available on Westlaw to research a statute, including cases, legislative history, and citing references. Next, our Westlaw trainer will examine the different ways to search for a statute including the index and by the name of an act.
These databases are available to all departmental employees at their desktops. Employees who are teleworking may access them through the Department's VPN. Others must contact a Reference Librarian for assistance.
The Interior Library Reference Staff maintains access to the Lexis Advance, Westlaw and PACER online databases. Departmental employees can visit the Interior Library or contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via the Library's Questions and Comments form if they would like a reference librarian to conduct a work-related search in any of these databases.
To help you determine whether and where a needed electronic book or journal is available online, we provide a complete, searchable alphabetical list of titles. If you're not sure where to find a something online, try this list first.
The list combines the full-text journals and other materials in all the database services to which the Library has access.
Also included are some single subscriptions as well as selected open access books and journals. Most entries include coverage dates, and all entries have links directly to the requested title.
Please direct your questions on database searching strategies to a Reference Librarian.
As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Interior Library provides local, no-fee access to Federal government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance. Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections. The Interior Library has received Federal depository materials since its designation in 1895.