Category Archives: Federal Libraries

US Federal Libraries

The DARPA Open Catalog

Welcome to the DARPA Open Catalog, which contains a curated list of DARPA-sponsored software and peer-reviewed publications. DARPA sponsors fundamental and applied research in a variety of areas that may lead to experimental results and reusable technology designed to benefit multiple government domains. The DARPA Open Catalog organizes publicly releasable material from DARPA programs. DARPA has an open strategy to help increase the impact of government investments.

The Federal Library & Information Network

FEDLINK has engaged the Federal Research Division (FRD) of the Library of Congress to compile a directory of all United States federal libraries and information resource centers (IRCs) worldwide.

The NIST Digital Archives

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a wide variety of scientific publications that document over 100 years of research and innovation. The NIST Digital Archives provides electronic copies of these publications, including the following:

Dept. of Defense Pentagon Library

Transcripts, news analysis, bill tracking, and all good things CQ are now available to all authorized Pentagon Library cardholders. Pentagon Library cardholders can now borrow ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive, a service that allows you to download materials to your computer or your favorite mobile device. The Pentagon Library OverDrive collection includes history, biography, military, politics, and business titles.

DoD Funded Public Access Journal Articles

The database contains an initial collection of published journal articles and accepted manuscripts. Additional metadata, full-text, and links to documents will be added as they are submitted to DTIC. Access to the DoD-funded full-text of items in this collection will be available after a 12-month embargo

Dept. of Defense Defense Technical Information Center

More than 50 percent of the research records in the collection are available through the access controlled R&E Gateway, which is accessible to DoD personnel, defense contractors, federal government personnel and contractors, and selected academic institutions. The R&E Gateway sites require common access card (CAC) login or registration. We also provide the general public and industry with access to unclassified, unlimited information, including many full-text downloadable documents, through this website.

U.S. Institute of Peace Jeannette Rankin Library  
Short summaries on countries and issue areas of USIP’s work, outlining the current situation or state of the field in that topic and the Institute’s related programs, events, grants, and publications.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Central Library  
Whenever possible, we try to provide access to our collection (including our Federal Depository collection of U.S. Government documents) to scholars and researchers who are not officially affiliated with NOAA. If you are not a NOAA employee or contractor, and would like to visit us, please contact the reference/information desk via e-mail ( or phone (301) 713-2600 ext. 157) to arrange a visit.

National Institutes of Health Library   
The NIH Library is an open stacks biomedical research library, whose collection and services are developed to support the programs of the National Institutes of Health and select U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies. The NIH Library provides access to over 10,000 electronic journals, 16,000 e-books, and 170 databases.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Virtual Library  
ISO provides professional scientific and technical research assistance through three primary programs: Research Library Group, Digital Services and Publications Group, and NIST Museum and History Program. The three floors of the physical Library house over 200,000 science, engineering, and technology volumes. The Library facility is also home to the NIST Museum which boasts numerous exhibits and artifacts.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Library  
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

Environmental Protection Agency National Library Catalog   
The National Catalog, which is the most popular database, contains the holdings (lists of books, documents and magazine titles) for EPA’s repositories and regional, laboratory, and specialized libraries. The National Catalog also has holdings for the EPA documents in the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) whether or not they are held by any libraries. NTIS abstracts can also be searched for and displayed.

Dept. of Labor Wirtz Labor Library  
The Wirtz Labor Library maintains both online and card catalogs. The online catalog, which can be searched here, comprises holdings added to the Library after January 1975. It also includes certain discrete collections selected for conversion cataloging (from print format to electronic) because of their historical significance, e.g. the Folio Collection, the James Taylor Collection.

Dept. of Interior Library   
The library includes some of the more frequently utilized legal, legislative and reference print resources. Access to selected current print periodicals, newly received books, and important microform collections is also provided.

Dept. of Defense U.S. Army Libraries  
This site is provided as a public service by the Army Library Program (IMCOM, MWR). Information presented on this site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested. For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.

DTIC Thesaurus   
The thesaurus provides a broad, multidisciplinary subject-term vocabulary that reduces the need to search multiple synonyms. Subject terms, called Descriptors, are organized into hierarchies, where narrower terms are linked to broader terms.

The Corporate Source Authority System (CSAS)  
The Corporate Source Authority System (CSAS) lists all organizations that have contributed information to any of DTIC’s three major databases. Each organization is assigned a 6-digit Source Code used to search these databases for information authored or sponsored by the organization. Each Corporate Author record displays the root (highest) element of the organization, the parent (next higher) element of the organization, any sub-organizations or former names, and the organization’s Source Code.

Dept. of Commerce Departmental Library   
The mission of the Commerce Research Library is to promote resources and services that support the work of Commerce employees in the subject areas of business, economics, and trade, as well as legal and legislative information. Comprised of both print and electronic resources, the collection includes scholarly journals and current periodicals, legislative histories, government documents, and more.

The System for Award Management (SAM)

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. SAM consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO cost to use SAM. Register to do business with the U.S. government for free directly from this site. Find free help with your SAM registration on our HELP tab, including user guides, videos, and FAQs. REGISTRATION IS FREE: There is NO FEE to register, or maintain your registration, in the System for Award Management ( If you receive an email from a company claiming to represent, be cautious. If you get an e-mail from a company offering to help you register in asking you to contact them and pay them money, be cautious. These messages are not from the Federal Government. It is FREE TO REGISTER in for any entity.

Information Innovation Office (I2O)

The Information Innovation Office (I2O) develops game-changing information science and technology to ensure information advantage for the U.S. and its allies. To accomplish this, I2O sponsors basic and applied research in three thrust areas: Cyber, Analytics, and Symbiosis.

Biological Technologies Office (BTO)

The Biological Technology Office (BTO) is DARPA’s technology arm focused on leveraging advances in engineering and information sciences to drive and reshape biotechnology for technological advantage. BTO is responsible for all neurotechnology, human-machine interface, human performance, infectious disease, and synthetic biology programs within the agency.

Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) identifies and pursues high-risk, high-payoff research initiatives across a broad spectrum of science and engineering disciplines – sometimes reshaping existing fields or creating entirely new disciplines – and transforms these initiatives into radically new, game-changing technologies for U.S. national security.

Revolutionizing Prosthetics  
DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: Create an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence and improves quality of life for amputees, and gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its use. In May 2014, less than eight years after the effort was launched, that dream is a reality; the FDA approved the DEKA Arm System.

Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC)  
The general goal of the Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program is to develop a new science of social networks built on an emerging technology base. Through the program, DARPA seeks to develop tools to support the efforts of human operators to counter misinformation or deception campaigns with truthful information.

DARPA created the ENGAGE program to enable the development of education and training systems that are better, faster, continuously optimized, and massively scalable. ENGAGE is exploring software- and data-intensive education and training methods that harness the power of large user populations to optimize instruction.

Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals (DCAPS)  
The Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals (DCAPS) program aims to develop novel analytical tools to assess psychological status of warfighters in the hopes of improving psychological health awareness and enabling them to seek timely help. DCAPS tools will be developed to analyze patterns in everyday behaviors to detect subtle changes associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicidal ideation.

Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT)  
program is aimed at enabling communication with non-English-speaking populations and identifying important information in foreign-language sources by: 1) allowing English-speakers to understand foreign-language sources of all genres, including chat, messaging and informal conversation; 2) providing English-speakers the ability to quickly identify targeted information in foreign-language sources using natural-language queries; and 3) enabling multi-turn communication in text and speech with non-English speakers. If successful, BOLT would deliver all capabilities free from domain or genre limitations.

Biochronicity   Time is important to multiple biological processes, including circadian-regulated gene expression related to metabolic, cell cycle, and immune system functions. The overarching goals of BioChronicity are the integration of math, physics, and biology to: (1) understand time-dependent gene expression, (2) generate predictive models of complex biological systems, and (3) regulate molecular clocks to modulate clinical outcomes.

The Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS)    The Anomaly Detection at Multiple Scales (ADAMS) program seeks to create, adapt and apply technology to anomaly characterization and detection in massive data sets. Anomalies in data cue the collection of additional, actionable information in a wide variety of real world contexts.

The Compilation of Presidential Documents

The Compilation of Presidential Documents collection consists of the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents which are the official publications of materials released by the White House Press Secretary. The Compilation of Presidential Documents is published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Research Presidential Materials

Every day the President and his staff generate thousands of records both textual and audiovisual providing insight into the issues confronting our nation. Presidential Libraries preserve not only these official records, but also the personal papers of Presidential family members, associates, and friends. Together, these archival materials provide a comprehensive view of our Presidents and our history.

Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson

Compiled with Annotations by E. Millicent Sowerby The book collections of the Library of Congress were reestablished, after their destruction in 1814, by the purchase of the private library of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). At the time of the purchase, Jefferson’s collection contained 6,487 volumes in the fields of politics, history, science, law literature, fine arts, and philosophy and was recognized as one of the finest private libraries in the United States. The Jefferson Library forms the nucleus around which the present collections of the Library of Congress have been assembled.

The George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799

The complete George Washington Papers collection from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 65,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Washington documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial account books, military records, reports, and notes accumulated by Washington from 1741 through 1799.

U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations. This Web guide includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations,

Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln  
In 1953, the Abraham Lincoln Association published The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, a multi-volume set of Lincoln’s correspondence, speeches, and other writings. The edition is now freely available in electronic form, an invaluable resource to Lincoln scholars.

The American Presidency Project (APP)  
The American Presidency Project (APP), non-profit and non-partisan, is the leading source of presidential documents on the internet. Our archives contain 123,350 documents and are growing rapidly.

Presidential Recordings Digital Edition  
The online edition of The Presidential Recordings includes hundreds of hours of presidential tapes covering the major issues of the LBJ administration, from the War on Poverty to the Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War. Each conversation is fully transcribed and annotated, and accompanied by its audio file. This multimedia presentation includes photo and video galleries, a linked timeline, and powerful XML-based searching ability.

Presidential Libraries and Museums of the National Archives 
Presidential Libraries and Museums promote understanding of the presidency and the American experience. We preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire.

Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders  
This provides access to the edited and re-arranged text of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders from: April 13, 1945 – January 20, 1989

Budget and Presidential Materials  
Issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Budget of the United States Government is a collection of documents that contains the budget message of the President, information about the President’s budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications that have been issued throughout the fiscal year. Other related and supporting budget publications are included, which may vary from year to year.

The Presidential Timeline project  
The Presidential Timeline project supports educators in developing students’ historical thinking skills and promoting civic engagement. The project consists of the Presidential Timeline website, Summer Teacher Institutes and webinars. The National Archives provides historical content and primary sources, and the University of Texas at Austin provides technical skills to create and maintain the website. Both institutions combine educational expertise to [present] the Summer Teacher Institutes and webinars.

Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress  
The complete Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 20,000 documents. The collection is organized into three “General Correspondence” series which include incoming and outgoing correspondence and enclosures, drafts of speeches, and notes and printed material. Most of the 20,000 items are from the 1850s through Lincoln’s presidential years, 1860-65. Treasures include Lincoln’s draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, his March 4, 1865, draft of his second Inaugural Address, and his August 23, 1864, memorandum expressing his expectation of being defeated for re-election in the upcoming presidential contest.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress   
The papers of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), diplomat, architect, scientist, and third president of the United States, held in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, consist of approximately 27,000 items, making it the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Dating from the early 1760s through his death in 1826, the Thomas Jefferson Papers consist mainly of his correspondence, but they also include his drafts of the Declaration of Independence, drafts of Virginia laws

Andrew Jackson Papers  
The Andrew Jackson Papers is one of twenty-three presidential collections in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. The Jackson archival collection contains more than 26,000 items dating from 1767 to 1874. Included are memoranda, journals, speeches, military records, land deeds, and miscellaneous printed matter, as well as correspondence reflecting Jackson’s personal life and career as a politician, military officer, president, slave holder and property owner.