May 19, 2022

Government Libraries: "A 5th Anniversary For the Forest Service National Library Celebrates 100 Years of History"

Happy Anniversary!

From the USDA Blog:

As far back as 1902, a national U.S. Forest Service library formed with the transfer of 3,000 books from the Department of Agriculture library. It grew steadily over the years providing a range of services to research customers. Gradually interest grew in expanding service to other Forest Service employees outside of the research branch and to consolidate into fewer locations.

However, over the decades, and because of its evolving decentralized organization structure, large parts of the Forest Service and the public ended up without access to library services.


On October 25, 2006, for the first time in decades, the U.S. Forest Service again had a national library. Now land managers have access through the National Forest Service Library to the best available science and other high quality information.

The first service provided by the national library, the October 2006 issue of the Monthly Alert, generated requests for over 5,000 items in the first few days. Since then, the library has provided hundreds of thousands of documents to Forest Service employees, licensed desktop access to hundreds of electronic resources and helped thousands of land mangers throughout the national forest system get the vital information they need to do their jobs.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to the National Forest Service Library

See Also: A Collection of Forest Service Glossaries (via NFS Library)

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