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ORD/NHEERL/Gulf Ecology Division Library Services

This is a specialized research library for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

The Gulf Ecology Division (GED) is responsible for research on the large-scale physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of coastal wetlands and estuaries, with emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico. Our research products provide information on the condition and functions of ecological resources, the services to society supplied by coastal ecosystems, rates and causes of ecological change and impairment, and predicted future conditions under various alternative scenarios.

Contact Information

The Library is open to the public by appointment. We are located at:
Sabine Island at Pensacola Beach, Florida.

We can be contacted at:
Phone: (850) 934-9318
Fax: (850) 934-2409

Mailing Address:
1 Sabine Island Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561-5299

Hours of Operation
The Library is open from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

Borrowing Policy and Interlibrary Loans

Borrowing privileges are limited to EPA staff and other libraries.

To locate EPA library and repository materials, you can search the EPA National Library Catalog, EPA Libraries’ online catalog.  If you have any questions, please call or e-mail the library.

Information For Other Libraries: We freely share materials with other libraries via the OCLC Interlibrary Loan system. Our OCLC symbol is EKC and we are members of FEDL (Federal Libraries and Information Centers), PLAN (Panhandle Library Access Network), and FLIN (Florida Library Information Network). For libraries that do not have OCLC access, please contact the Librarian at (850) 934-9318 for alternate methods.

About the Collection

Subject areas include:

  • aquatic toxicology
  • environmental monitoring
  • estuarine research
  • marine ecology
  • microbiology
  • pathobiology
  • pesticide science

History of the Library

The Gulf Ecology Division library is located in a Creole style cottage built in the early 1900s. The building originally served as the physician's residence when the Pensacola Quarantine Station occupied the island from 1906 to 1925. The facility was expanded in 1979 by enclosing a side porch and again in 1992 by adding a room to the back. Enclosed floor space now measures approximately 1,450 square feet.