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About the Library

The Betty Petersen Memorial Library is a full-service branch library of the NOAA Central Library. The library serves the NOAA Science Center in Camp Springs, Maryland.

History and Mission: Betty Petersen Memorial Library began as a reading room in the NOAA Science Center. The Reading Room was founded as a labor of love by Betty Petersen, librarian and wife of Dr. Ralph Petersen of NCEP/EMC, to provide information to scientists and researchers in the building. Betty Petersen managed the NOAA Science Center Reading Room from 1989 to 1994, when she transferred to the NOAA Central Library to serve as hydrometeorological research librarian. Betty Petersen passed away in 1997, and the reading room was renamed in her honor. Since then, the reading room became a full-fledged library under the management of the NOAA Central Library in 2002. The library moved in 2012 and is now located in the new NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park.

The library serves National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff from the National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Environmental, Satellite, and Information Services (NESDIS) and the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), including the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution (OSDPD), Air Resources Laboratory (ARL), and Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) at the NOAA Science Center in Camp Springs, Maryland.

Location: The library is located at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, 5830 University Research Court, Room 1650, E / OC4, College Park, MD 20740.

Telephone: 301.683.1307; Fax: 301.683.1308

Library Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Librarian: Jan Thomas, MLIS

Librarian's email address: jan{DOT}thomas[AT]noaa[DOT]gov

Library Services: The library provides research assistance, bibliographic instruction, orientation, and access to print and electronic resources.

Facilities: The Betty Peterson Memorial Library is approximately 2500 square feet. There are tables, study carrels and seating areas in the library for patrons who wish to eat lunch in the library or work in a quiet space. Also available:

  • A copier machine for patron use without charge
  • One public access computer with printer and high speed internet
  • Wireless network access point
  • Study carrels in a quiet environment

Desktop Access:

Circulation Policy:
General Collection (including technical documents) - 30 days with
    two renewals possible.
Reference Collection - Does not circulate.
Journals - Upon consultation with the librarian, a journal may be signed out.
Interlibrary Loan Books - Determined by lending library.
Please be aware that books may be recalled at any time.

Interlibrary Loan: If you cannot locate a book or an article within our library, you may be able to borrow the item through Interlibrary Loan. Please email as much information as possible about the item to the Librarian or come to the library to fill out an Interlibrary Loan form;
assistance is available from the Librarian.

The Library Advisory Council: consists of 9 NOAA Science Center staff and advises the library on all aspects of the library program.

Library Newsletters:

October 2010
(239KB PDF)

September 2010
(403KB PDF)

July 2009
(98KB PDF)

June 2009
(112KB PDF)

May 2009
(1.69MB PDF)

April 2009
(1.73MB PDF)

March 2009
(1.33MB PDF)

February 2009
(1.68MB PDF)

January 2009
(1.84MB PDF)

December 2008
(1.28MB PDF)

November 2008
(1.29MB PDF)

October 2008
(1.23MB PDF)

Newsletters available in PDF format, which require Adobe Acrobat for viewing. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, click the Adobe Acrobat logo above to download a free reader.

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5830 University Research Court
Room 1650, E / OC4
College Park, Maryland 20740
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