Lunar and Planetary Institute


The library at the LPI organizes and maintains a collection of space-science-related materials in a variety of media. The collection is one of 16 international NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIFs). References services are provided to scientists, educators, students, media representatives and the public requesting information related to lunar and planetary science. 

The library collection includes over 63,000 cataloged books, documents, maps and globes, videos, as well as access to more than 300 journals and newsletters. The subject emphasis of the collection is space science, astronomy, and geology.

LPI Library Check-Out and Renewal Policies

Patron Type Maximum Number
of Items
Check-Out Period Maximum Number
of Renewals
LPI In-House Staff 10 3 weeks 3
LPI Remote 10 6 weeks 3
JSC and Contractors 7 3 weeks 3
Public 5 3 weeks 3

Bound journals should not leave the building. Globes, models, and other special circulating equipment will be checked out on a case-by-case, as-needed basis.

The library at the LPI has a variety of equipment that is available to qualified users such as light tables and scanners. Temporary workspace and meeting tables are available for users. The reference staff can assist with using the collection, equipment, and with identifying and obtaining materials.

Online Books

Library Catalog

Journal Holdings

LPI Contribution Series
Documents the scientific research, meetings, and outreach products from the LPI

Institutional Repository at the LPI

LPI’s Regional Planetary Image Facility

Space Science S​e​r​i​e​s​

Questions about the library or space science?

Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113

Phone: 281-486-2182

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