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EPL Library: About the Library

About the Library


The library of the Earth and Planets Laboratory (formerly the Geophysical Laboratory and Department of Terrestrial Magnetism) supports advanced research in the physical and earth sciences.  The collection includes books, print and online journals, maps, reports, and reference databases.  The library currently subscribes to more than 200 scientific journals and magazines and provides access to back volumes of many more.  Particular subject strengths include geophysics, geochemistry, seismology, petrology, mineralogy, materials  physics, crystallography, geobiology, planetary sciences, and astronomy/astrophysics.

The Library's special collections include holdings in the history of geomagnetism, volcanology, petrology, physical chemistry, and early 20th Century exploration and travel.

The Archives hold the administrative records of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (founded 1904) and Geophysical Laboratory (founded 1905); records of the research vessel Carnegie (1909-1929); and 30,000 photographs documenting DTM's World Magnetic Survey (1904-1946) and other field and laboratory studies of both departments.

The Library is open to Carnegie personnel 24 hours a day and to other researchers by appointment from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.


A printable Library Guide is available here:



Anon Cadieux


(202) 478-7960



Carnegie Institution for Science
Earth and Planets Laboratory Library 
5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20015 

Tel: (202) 478-7960 


The Library is located in the Abelson Building  of the Carnegie Institution's Broad Branch Road campus in Washington, DC.

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