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 and 12:45pm - 5:30 pm.
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The Research library is an integral part of the Survey's research and 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.



Library Services

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 library has an automation system and is currently beginning the long project of barcoding all of the holdings to enable more accurate records for circulation and inventory.

Library Computer Services (back to top)

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.



Publications Distribution (back to top)

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. The online version of the List of Publications is: http://dep.state.fl.us/geology/publications/listofpubs.html


Special Projects (back to top)

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: http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/


Special Collections (back to top)

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.  

Last updated: August 15, 2012

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