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Environmental Research Library

Our library maintains a specialized collection of materials to provide scientific, technical, and legislative information in support of all TCEQ programs. Our primary purpose is to assist staff, but we also serve other state agencies, consulting firms, businesses, universities, teachers, students, and interested citizens.

Library Hours and Facilities

The TCEQ's Environmental Research Library has over 60,000 volumes and over 250 journal subscriptions.  We acquire books, reports, magazines, and data with subject concentrations that support TCEQ programs, including water, geology, waste, recycling, air quality, petroleum storage tanks, ecology, and pollution.


The library is open 8:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Phone numbers

FAX: 512-239-0022


TCEQ Austin Offices Map

Ground floor of Building A at Park 35, on the left as you enter the main doors.

Physical address: Building A, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Room 102.
Mailing address: TCEQ Library, MC-196, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087


Four computer workstations provide access to the catalog, computer-based training, and other resources on the Internet. All workstations are connected to a printer.

The library has seating to accommodate 16 users.

Other equipment available on-site to users include a photocopier, microform reader/printers, and a video monitor. (Copies made by external customers are $0.05 per page.)

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What is available on the shelves?

The General Collection

Our library has over 60,000 volumes and over 250 journal subscriptions.

We acquire books, reports, magazines, and data with subject concentrations that support TCEQ programs, including water, geology, waste, recycling, air quality, petroleum storage tanks, ecology, and pollution.

Some of the materials maintained:

  • select federal government documents from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation,
  • current and out-of-print TCEQ and predecessor agency publications,
  • Texas Water Development Board reports, and
  • telephone directories for most Texas cities.

Legal Resources: State and Federal

Texas legal materials include:

  • Texas Statutes,
  • Texas Session Laws 1905-current,
  • West's Texas Digest,
  • Texas Cases from the Southwestern Reporter,
  • Texas Register v.1 no.1, 1976-current,
  • a complete set of the current Texas Administrative Code, and
  • historical versions of TAC Titles 25, 30, and 31.

Federal legal materials include:

  • U.S Code Annotated,
  • U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News,
  • Federal Register,
  • a complete current set of the Code of Federal Regulation,
  • historical copies of 40 CFR dating back to 1976.

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What can I borrow or access and how?

From the TCEQ Collection

The general public may use library resources on the premises during normal business hours. They may not, however, borrow TCEQ library materials except by arrangements made through interlibrary network organizations.

Books from the TCEQ collection are loaned only to TCEQ staff and personnel in other state agencies. Registration from our Library is required.

All TCEQ books and periodicals are cataloged into the Library Catalog of Texas State Agencies, an online public-access catalog that is updated daily with new materials. It includes collections of various state agency libraries, including the State Library itself, and is available free to anyone with access to the Internet.

You can search the catalog without leaving your web browser and launch URLs and links found in catalog records. Select TCEQ from the drop-down library menu to access only the TCEQ collection.
Access the catalog. Exit the TCEQ

Via Library of Texas

The Library of Texas offers Texas residents the advantage of simultaneously searching a combination of TexShare databases and catalogs from Texas libraries using one simple search format. You can access this service at www.libraryoftexas.org. Exit the TCEQ Please contact TCEQ library staff at 512/239-0020 or your local public library for login ID and password, or assistance.

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What reference services are available?

Librarians are available to:

  • answer reference questions,
  • to check holdings for specific items,
  • to explain services, policies, and the arrangement of library materials,
  • help you use research tools, including the online catalog, electronic databases, and printed reference sources.

If you need expertise to answer questions on the TCEQ's more technical programs, library staff can refer you to appropriate personnel or to another agency.

Staff will make copies for requestors as time permits.

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Links to Other Resources

The following external links Exit the TCEQ are intended to be informational only. This is not a comprehensive list and should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the TCEQ of any product or of the information's accuracy. The library staff make an ongoing effort to keep the links up-to-date. We would appreciate you notifying us if you experience any difficulties or if you would like to recommend additional links.

If you have a reference question and would like assistance from a librarian, please call 512-239-0020.


National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus
Pesticides Database
Water-related Databases- Includes databases of water contaminants (Water Quality Information Center, U.S. National Agricultural Library).

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Dictionaries, Thesauri, Quotations

Acronyms (Library Spot)
Columbia World of Quotations
Computing Dictionary
Dictionaries (Library Spot)
English Usage, Style and Composition
EPA Glossary
Free Thesaurus
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus
OneLook Dictionary Search
Synonyms For
Thesauri (Library Spot) - Includes Roget's II.
Your Dictionary

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City Net
Congressional Directory
Congressional Pictorial Directory
Environmental Yellow Pages - States (U.S.)
Texas Area Codes
Texas Municipal League Online (mayors and city officials)
Thomas Register of Manufacturers (free, but you need to register)
U.S. Government Manual
Zip Code Lookup

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Government Resources


A-Z Index of U.S. Government Agencies
FirstGov for Science - U.S. Government's Official Portal.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
National Climatic Data Center
National Library for the Environment
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Geological Survey-Texas


TRAIL - Texas Records and Information Locator
All Texas Agencies
State and Local Government on the Net. - View all the websites in a given state.
Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA)
Employees Retirement System (ERS)
General Land Office(GLO)
Legislative Budget Board (LBB)
Licensing and Regulation
Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
State Auditor's Office (SAO)
SAO's State Classification Team
Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)
Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)


Bureau of Economic Geology (UT)
Edwards Aquifer Authority
Lower Colorado River Authority

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Handy Texas Facts

Handbook of Texas Online
Texas Almanac
Texas Area Codes
Texas Soil Surveys

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American Law Sources Online (Federal + States)
Code of Federal Regulations
Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)
Federal Register - Full text for 1994-present.
Hieros Gamos
Texas Legislature Online
Texas Register and Texas Administrative Code
Texas Statutes
U.S. Legislative Information (THOMAS)

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List of Libraries on Web
Austin Public Library
Library Catalog of Texas State Agencies (including TCEQ Library)
Legislative Reference Library
USEPA Online Library
USGS Library
UT Austin

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Data.gov Geospatial
Map Quest
National Map
U.S. Geospatial Maps & Data
UT Map Collection

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Online Publications/Indexes

ASTM International - Search for standards information.
National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
Science Magazine
Texas Water Digital Library
Texas Water Resources Institute
U.S. Corps of Engineers - Online publications including Engineer Manuals.
U.S. Geological Survey - Online books, report and pamphlets.

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Organizations and Associations

Air & Waste Management Association
American Chemical Society
American Geosciences Institute
American Meteorological Society
American Public Works Association
American Water Works Association
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
Austin Geological Society
Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
Geological Society of America
Groundwater Foundation
Interstate Technology Regulatory Council
World Directory of Environmental Professional Associations, Organizations and Societies
Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Texas Association of Counties
Texas Water Utilities Association
Water Environment Federation
West Texas Geological Society

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Publishers Catalogs

Publisher's Catalogs
Thomson Reuters
U.S. Government Bookstore

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Reference Links

Bartelby Reference - Various dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations, thesauri, and language usage tools.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Conversion & Calculation Center
Geosciences Research Guide (UT)
Internet Public Library
Library of Congress – Climatology, Meteorology, Weather
Library of Congress – Environmental Sciences
Library of Congress – Health and Medicine
Library Spot
Martindale's The Reference Desk - Good site for calculators, chemistry, fundamental constants, mathematics, periodic tables, physics, and databases.
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System)
National Environmental Methods Index
Reference Desk by Subject
Scorecard's chemical profiles
Scorecard's pollution information
SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) Codes
Time - Official U.S. time.
Virtual Perpetual Calendars

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American FactFinder (Census Bureau)
City and County Data Books Historical
Statistical Abstracts of the U.S. Historical

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