The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Library Network was recognized as the 2010 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year.* The goal of the EPA Library Services is to support decision-making, environmental awareness, and protection of human health and the environment.
As a point of contact for public inquiries the EPA libraries have addressed nearly 9,000 public reference questions and loaned more than 8,000 documents to library patrons. Taxpayer savings though the EPA library services is estimated at $266,000. The EPA library network provides a range of in-person and electronic services through physical libraries and repositories. The Online Library System (OLS) locates materials in a variety of formats. Loans can be arranged through local public, corporate or academic libraries beyond the EPA National Library Network physical locations to meet patron needs. The National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP) allows patrons digitally to access over 49,000 full-text EPA documents and over 7,000 hard copy titles.
EPA libraries added 7,500 agency publications to the more than 45,000 digital documents available to the public at no cost. A live-chat reference service increases librarian availability for patrons and the use of webinar technology provides locally developed library classes to the agency-wide audience.
*The EPA National Library Network was honored at the 2011 Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Forum. The FLICC selected the EPA National Library Network for its leadership role in creating a collaborative community and responding to patrons’ needs through innovative projects.
Visit the EPA National Library Network Homepage to learn more and utilize library resources.
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