The Research Library is an integral part of the Survey's research initiatives and fully supports the library needs of the
Florida Department of Environmental Protections's regulatory programs. In support of the information needs of staff, students,
and researchers from the public sector, the library staff provides access to basic research materials including books, maps,
state and federal documents, photographs and periodicals. Holdings total approximately 30,000 volumes. Materials are collected
on various aspects of geology, including mining and mineral resources, environmental geology, hydrogeology and other related
topics. The library has one of the largest and oldest geologic map collections in the state of Florida with over 16,000 maps,
including a number of items dating from the 19th century.
The library is used by the general public, students, other government agencies, and private consulting companies. While
circulation is restricted to Survey staff, the library is open to the general public for research. In addition, library
materials are available to libraries throughout the world via the Interlibrary Loan system.
The library participates in a nationwide Interlibrary Loan network through which the staff has access to other special
and academic collections. The library cooperates with other libraries through various networking groups on the local,
state, and national level. The librarian participates in the activities of the Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN),
the Florida Library Network (FLIN), and various other library and geoscience cooperatives.
The Research Library currently has access to the GEOREF database, as well as more than 25 other major databases,
through the State Library. Many of these databases are full-text, expanding our access to periodical literature.
The Florida Geological Survey maintains a current List of Publications (Information Circular 87). The list includes all
formally published publications, a subject index, ordering instructions, and an order form. It is currently available in PDF
format (digital format) and is available at:
The library is responsible for providing detailed information on the Survey's 800+ published documents and reports, and
oversees the distribution of all documents currently in print. During 2004 this included approximately 650 requests
for a total of over 4,000 documents. In addition to individual requests, publications are distributed to about
130 libraries, throughout Florida, the U.S. and around the world, which maintain depository collections of Florida
Geological Survey publications. FGS Publications are requested by students, environmental consultants, government
agencies, libraries, schools, geologists studying for professional licensure, and the general public.
The List of Publications is also now available online, with many of the Survey’s publications in full text. The
Publication of Archival Library & Museum Materials (PALMM) of the State University System’s Division of Colleges and
Universities, have scanned in many of our publications. This allows the public fast and free access to many titles.
National Geologic Map Database
The Florida Geological Survey participated in putting FGS published geologic maps into the National Geologic Map
Database. The National Geologic Map Database is a project sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Geologic
Mapping Program in cooperation with the Association of American State Geologists. The goal of the project is to
establish a database of all national and state produced geologic maps, both paper and digital, and to provide
keyword and geographic searching capabilities for the database. All published maps of the Florida Geological
Survey are or will be included in the database. The National Geologic Map Database may be accessed at:
The FGS Library houses the archives of the Florida Sinkhole Research Institute. This archive contains original records
of field research of sinkhole occurrences, county maps of sinkhole locations, and copies of publications of the
Florida Sinkhole Research Institute. A listing of the field records computer database has been published as Florida
Geological Survey, Open-File Report 58, and is available through the Publications Office.