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The NASA HQ Library specializes in policy, history, and management of NASA, with significant sidelines in outreach and education. Our hardcopy collection is supplemented by books in different electronic formats, some of which are open to the public, and others which are accessible by subscription and are limited to NASA HQ civil servants and contractors. This page is a selection of our online resources.

NASA HQ civil servants and contractors are encouraged to visit the library in person or to contact the library by phone or email. Members of the public can visit the library.


NASA Resources
 
Books 24×7 - A collection of e-books in NASA's SATERN online training, which is useful for finding books on management. Limited to NASA HQ employees.
 
NASA Aeronautics Books - These books are produced by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
 
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) Virtual Library - "The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a Digital Library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics, operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) under a NASA grant."
 
NASA e-Books - Links to the Aeronautics and History collections, plus smaller collections.
 
NASA History Series Publications - The NASA History Office has released many of its works in a variety of formats. You can get a complete view of the agency's achievements by visiting their page and combing through these titles.
 
NASA Galaxie - The common library catalogue for NASA. Limited to NASA HQ employees.
 
NASA Technical Report Server - NASA has a statutory duty to make its findings known to the public. To help fulfill that duty, it has established the NASA Technical Report Server, so that NASA's papers and reports can be downloaded at no charge. In addition to distributing papers as they are created, the staff have also scanned materials from NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committe on Aeronautics (NACA), as far back as the Wilson Administration.

General Resources
 
Google Books - Scanned out-of-copyright books, particularly useful for discovering the history of flight and space.
 
Internet Archive - Scanned out-of-copyright books, particularly useful for discovering the history of flight and space.
 
National Academies Press - The National Academies are a private body, chartered by Abraham Lincoln, to provide Washington with scientific advice. Their reports and papers are generally free.
 
OpenThesis - "...a free repository of theses, dissertations, and other academic documents, coupled with powerful search, organization, and collaboration tools."
 
Project Gutenberg - The oldest, and still one of the best, collections of e-Books on the Web.

Last Updated: May 2012