Yesterday’s Federal Register has a notice that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters Library will close its doors to walk-in patrons and vistors on October 1, 2006. The notice provides further details on how the public can obtain EPA documents held in the Headquarters Library collection and in electronic format.
The following reasons/trends are given as to why the EPA is changing the delivery of its library services to the public:
-more and more materials are available online and electronically
-tighter security at Federal facilities
-physical visits by the public to the EPA Headquarters Library are declining
-reductions in the Library’s FY07 budget
The public can still access the EPA’s documents collection via these avenues:
–National Environmental Publications Information System (NEPIS)
–EPA Libraries catalog
The public can borrow items of interest via interlibrary loan through participating institutions.