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Lunar and Planetary Institute


General Information

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). Reference services are provided to scientists, educators, students, media representatives, and the public requesting information related to lunar and planetary science.

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

The library also has a variety of equipment that is available to qualified users, such as light tables and scanners. Temporary workspace, meeting tables, and quiet reading areas are also available. The library staff can assist patrons with using the collection or equipment, and with identifying and obtaining materials.

While we are not a public library, we are open to the general public during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays). Patrons from the local area are welcome to apply for a library account and check out materials according to our check-out policies. While most of our collection is geared toward professional researchers, we do have materials appropriate for children from infants through grade 12, and we also have some works of fiction and movies geared toward the space science enthusiast.



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