Library Services for the Public
EPA provides the following library services to the public.
Online Library System: The EPA Online Library System (OLS), EPA’s online “card catalog,” is available to the public. OLS enables users to search for materials in any EPA library across the country. Once a document is located, users can search NSCEP to determine if the document is available electronically or submit an interlibrary loan request to obtain the document (see below for description of NSCEP and interlibrary loan services).
Interlibrary Loan: The public can obtain EPA library materials, including journals, books and EPA documents, via interlibrary loan from a local library participating in Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Articles from online journal subscriptions that EPA maintains may also be obtained via interlibrary loan in accordance with EPA’s licensing agreement with the journal requested.
National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP): Over 53,000 EPA documents are accessible in digital form from NSCEP. In addition, hard copies of over 7,000 titles are available free of charge from NSCEP. As EPA continues to digitize its documents, it will add them to NSCEP. EPA has formed a team of librarians to develop criteria to determine what beyond EPA’s original inventory of unique documents should be digitized and added to NSCEP.
Frequent Questions: EPA provides online access to a user-friendly, dynamic Frequent Questions knowledge base. If users cannot find an answer to a question, EPA accepts questions and provides prompt replies. In addition, the FAQs knowledgebase continuously adds new frequent questions to the website.