Don't forget to check Publications Warehouse to see if the item is available online through the U.S. Geological Survey. Tip: Use the Advanced Search option in Publications warehouse to limit your search to a specific USGS Series such as the U.S. Geological Survey professional paper.
Library locations and Government document class numbers for frequently used USGS series:
I 19.3: Bulletin no. 1 through no. 2164 available in the Government Documents collection in paper, with a few exceptions. Please ask at the reference desk if you cannot find what you need on the shelf.
Many available in the Government Documents collection in paper OR in the U.S. Govt. Pubs. Microforms collection in microfiche. The document below lists those the library has:
USGS series included are: "Water-supply and irrigation papers of the United States Geological Survey," "Water-supply paper (Washington, D.C.)," "Geological Survey water-supply paper," and "U.S. Geological Survey water-supply paper."
Antarctic geologic maps I 19.25/8:A- Coal investigations maps I 19.85:C- Circum-Pacific map series I 19.91/2:CP- Hydrologic investigations atlases I 19.89:HA- Land use and land cover maps I 19.112:L- Monographs Microfiche No. 14 Mineral investigations resource maps I 19.90:MR- Oil and gas investigations charts I 19.92:OC- Oil and gas investigations maps I 19.93:
Is it in the Library Catalog?
About 20% of the USGS documents that the Library has are included in the Library Catalog. If you can find the item in the Library Catalog, it will tell you where the document is and if it is checked in.
Tip: Use the Advanced Search option in Publications warehouse to limit your search to a specific USGS Series such as the U.S. Geological Survey professional paper.
If you cannot find an item online in Publications Warehouse but do find the citation for it, then:
Print out the complete citation OR
Write down the USGS Series and Report Number -- this information will help you in the Library
Don't give up! It's probably in the Library, but ...
It's going to require a bit more work. Having your citation, including USGS Series and Report Number, will really come in handy! Those two pieces of infomation will help you build the government document call number (also called the SuDocs number) and that is how the Library usually shelves USGS documents.
Call number = USGS series government class number + Report Number
Newton, G. D. Geohydrology of the regional aquifer system, western Snake River plain, southwestern Idaho. U.S. Geological Survey professional paper, 1408-G. U.S. Geological Survey, 1991.
Government class number for U.S. Geological Survey professional paper = I 19.16:
Report number = 1408-G
Call number = I 19.16:1408-G
Once you know the Government document class number for your item, you can check Government Documents shelves to see if the Library has it in print or the U.S. Govt. Pubs. Microforms collection to see if the Library has it in microfiche. Or even easier, ask at the Reference Desk and person there will help you find out if the Library has it.
Tip: If the USGS series in not listed on this page or you want to find something issued by another government agency such as the Bureau of Land Management, use the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications to find the SuDocs number for items published after 1975. For older publications, search the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications -- the library has it in print for 1912-1924 and 1937-1995 see Doc Dept GP 3.8 and in microfilm for 1895-1958 (filed at the end after the SuDocs microfiche).