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Remote Access: Guide for NOAA Staff and Contractors

Welcome to NOAA Central Library's guide to accessing library resources while teleworking. Most NOAA Library resources are IP authenticated and available via VPN.

We are proud to offer NOAA a wide array of agency-wide resources. While some journal subscriptions are based on geographic area, this guide focuses on assets that are available to all of NOAA.

If you currently do not have access to a NOAA-provided VPN service, email for assistance in accessing materials at: or In your email, please also note that you do not have VPN access.

Accessing Journal Articles, Databases, and Interlibrary Loan

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Journal Finder and Database List

Wondering if you have access to your favorite journal? Our NOAA-Wide Journal Finder will let you know. (Silver Spring patrons: please consult the Silver Spring Journal Finder.) The listing for each journal lists the date range in our holdings and the database where you can find it. See also our comprehensive list of A-Z Databases

Some of our databases allow access via login, so that articles may be viewed and downloaded when not on the NOAA network. For questions on account how to create a login, contact

*Contact the library to request an account



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Do you need a journal article or book chapter?

If you are NOAA staff or a contractor on the Silver Spring campus, the NOAA Central Library will handle your interlibrary loan (ILL) requests. If you are NOAA staff or contractor outside of Silver Spring, you can get ILL through your local NOAA library. If you aren't served by another NOAA library, the NOAA Central Library will do ILL for you.

Submitting Requests

You can submit ILL requests in one of two ways: email or fill out our online form.

We ask that your request include the most complete citation information you can find for the item wanted, plus your name, contact information, and NOAA line office. If you need the item by a certain date, please include that as well.

More information on ILL at NOAA

Library Seminars

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Upcoming & Recorded Webinars

The Library Seminars program provides a forum for the sharing of ideas, research updates and news in support of NOAA's mission. In response to the COVID-19 virus, all seminars are held online. See the Library Seminars page for a full listing of upcoming and recorded presentations.

Contact Us

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Access Issues

Access to online journals and databases is through IP addresses, so if you are using VPN you should be able to view and download all the articles you have access to as verified by the Journal FinderIf you are having any issues accessing our resources, we want to work with you to restore access. The best way to request assistance is to fill out the Report Access Issue form.


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Questions & Comments

We love to hear from you. For any non-access issue questions and comments, please email us at


NOAA has access to 2 (soon to be 3!) Ebook Platforms.

Browse our collections:

Wiley Online Library 

ProQuest Ebook Central

OverDrive (COMING SOON!)

The library has also created a subject guide where you can learn more and search from. 

NOAA Institutional Repository (IR)

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Find and Use NOAA Research

The NOAA Institutional Repository is a digital library of scientific literature and research produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The repository contains NOAA publications, as defined in the NOAA Publications Policy, dating from NOAA’s formation in 1970 to present and NOAA-authored and -funded journal articles from 2015 forward.

Connect With the NOAA Central Library Reference Team

Trevor Riley

Head of Public Services


Hope Shinn

Metadata & Public Services Librarian,

Inter-Library Loan


Jamie Roberts

Bibliometrics & NOAA IR Librarian


Lisa Clarke

Reference & Outreach Librarian


Claire Myers

Reference & Outreach Librarian