ORD/NERL/Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) Library Services

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency research facility is part of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) --- a division of the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.

The overarching mission of the U.S. EPA is to protect human health and the environment. ESD, which stands for the Environmental Sciences Division, conducts research, development, and technology transfer programs to increase the understanding of environmental exposures to human and ecological receptors.

The ESD-Las Vegas Library provides reference services and research support for more than fifty full-time EPA scientists, post-doctorate researchers, and their contractors and staff. The library plays an important role in the research process by maintaining both print and electronic media collections; perfoming customs database searches; and supporting an active interlibrary loan program. Limited support is also provided to the public on an as-requested basis and via phone support.

Contact Information

The Library is open to the public by appointment. We are located on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus.

Our physical address is:
944 East Harmon Ave, POS19
Las Vegas, NV 89119

We can be contacted at:
Phone: (702) 798-2218
Fax: (702) 798-2622
E-Mail: Library-LV@epa.gov

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 93478
Las Vegas, NV 89193-3478

Hours of Operation
The Library is open from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PST), Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

Borrowing Policy and Interlibrary Loans

Borrowing privileges are generally limited to EPA staff, other libraries, and local businesses / organizations with established borrowing arrangements.

To locate EPA library and repository materials, you can search the EPA National Library Catalog.  If you have any questions, please call or e-mail the library.

Information For Other Libraries: We freely share materials with other libraries via the OCLC Interlibrary Loan system. Our OCLC symbol is ERB and we are members of FEDL (Federal Libraries and Information Centers) and LVIS (Libraries Very Interested in Sharing). For libraries that do not have OCLC access, please contact the Librarian at (702) 798-2648 or Library-LV@epa.gov for alternate methods.

History of the Library

The ESD library service has been in existence since 1966 when it was a part of the U.S. Public Health Service's Southwest Radiological Health Laboratory.  Originally, the collection focused on nuclear science and radiation technology.  Most of the early reports from this era are still housed in the ESD library as well as special one-of-a-kind collections such as the National Eutrophication Study. In recent years the collection has been broadened to include environmental science and other specific areas of research currently performed at the Las Vegas facility.