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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.

Hours

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

512-239-0020
FAX: 512-239-0022

Location

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

Facilities

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

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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

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

Databases

National Library of Medicine's Medline PlusExit the TCEQ
Pesticides DatabaseExit the TCEQ
Water-related DatabasesExit the TCEQ- Includes databases of water contaminants (Water Quality Information Center, U.S. National Agricultural Library).

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Dictionaries, Thesauri, Quotations

Acronyms (Library Spot)Exit the TCEQ
Computing DictionaryExit the TCEQ
Dictionaries (Library Spot)Exit the TCEQ
English Usage, Style and CompositionExit the TCEQ
EPA GlossaryExit the TCEQ
Free ThesaurusExit the TCEQ
Merriam-Webster Dictionary and ThesaurusExit the TCEQ
OneLook Dictionary SearchExit the TCEQ
Synonyms ForExit the TCEQ
Thesauri (Library Spot)Exit the TCEQ - Includes Roget's II.
Your DictionaryExit the TCEQ

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Directories

City NetExit the TCEQ
Congressional DirectoryExit the TCEQ
Congressional Pictorial DirectoryExit the TCEQ
Environmental Yellow Pages - States (U.S.)Exit the TCEQ
Texas Area CodesExit the TCEQ
Texas Municipal League OnlineExit the TCEQ (mayors and city officials)
Thomas Register of ManufacturersExit the TCEQ (free, but you need to register)
U.S. Government ManualExit the TCEQ
Zip Code LookupExit the TCEQ

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Government Resources

FEDERAL

A-Z Index of U.S. Government AgenciesExit the TCEQ
FirstGov for ScienceExit the TCEQ - U.S. Government's Official Portal.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease RegistryExit the TCEQ
National Climatic Data CenterExit the TCEQ
National Library for the EnvironmentExit the TCEQ
U.S. Department of AgricultureExit the TCEQ
U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyExit the TCEQ
U.S. Geological SurveyExit the TCEQ
U.S. Geological Survey-TexasExit the TCEQ

STATE

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

OTHER

Bureau of Economic Geology (UT)Exit the TCEQ
Edwards Aquifer AuthorityExit the TCEQ
Lower Colorado River AuthorityExit the TCEQ

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Handy Texas Facts

Handbook of Texas OnlineExit the TCEQ
Texas AlmanacExit the TCEQ
Texas Area CodesExit the TCEQ
Texas.govExit the TCEQ
Texas Soil SurveysExit the TCEQ

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Legal

American Law Sources Online (Federal + States)Exit the TCEQ
Code of Federal RegulationsExit the TCEQ
Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR)Exit the TCEQ
Federal RegisterExit the TCEQ - Full text for 1994-present.
FindLawExit the TCEQ
Hieros GamosExit the TCEQ
Texas Legislature OnlineExit the TCEQ
Texas Register and Texas Administrative CodeExit the TCEQ
Texas StatutesExit the TCEQ
U.S. Legislative Information (THOMAS)Exit the TCEQ

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Libraries

List of Libraries on WebExit the TCEQ
Austin Public LibraryExit the TCEQ
Library Catalog of Texas State Agencies (including TCEQ Library)Exit the TCEQ
Legislative Reference LibraryExit the TCEQ
USEPA Online LibraryExit the TCEQ
USGS LibraryExit the TCEQ
UT AustinExit the TCEQ

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Maps

Data.gov GeospatialExit the TCEQ
Map QuestExit the TCEQ
National MapExit the TCEQ
U.S. Geospatial Maps & DataExit the TCEQ Adobe Acrobat PDF Document
UT Map CollectionExit the TCEQ

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Online Publications/Indexes

ASTM InternationalExit the TCEQ - Search for standards information.
National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)Exit the TCEQ
Science MagazineExit the TCEQ
Texas Water Digital LibraryExit the TCEQ
Texas Water Resources InstituteExit the TCEQ
U.S. Corps of EngineersExit the TCEQ - Online publications including Engineer Manuals.
U.S. Geological SurveyExit the TCEQ - Online books, report and pamphlets.

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Organizations and Associations

Air & Waste Management AssociationExit the TCEQ
American Chemical SocietyExit the TCEQ
American Geosciences InstituteExit the TCEQ
American Meteorological SocietyExit the TCEQ
American Public Works AssociationExit the TCEQ
American Water Works AssociationExit the TCEQ
Association of Environmental and Engineering GeologistsExit the TCEQ
Austin Geological SocietyExit the TCEQ
Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)Exit the TCEQ
Geological Society of AmericaExit the TCEQ
Groundwater FoundationExit the TCEQ
Interstate Technology Regulatory CouncilExit the TCEQ
World Directory of Environmental Professional Associations, Organizations and SocietiesExit the TCEQ
Texas Alliance of Groundwater DistrictsExit the TCEQ
Texas Association of CountiesExit the TCEQ
Texas Water Utilities AssociationExit the TCEQ
Water Environment FederationExit the TCEQ
West Texas Geological SocietyExit the TCEQ

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Publishers Catalogs

AddALLExit the TCEQ
BookfinderExit the TCEQ
LexisNexisExit the TCEQ
Publisher's CatalogsExit the TCEQ
Thomson ReutersExit the TCEQ
U.S. Government BookstoreExit the TCEQ

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Reference Links

Bartelby ReferenceExit the TCEQ - Various dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotations, thesauri, and language usage tools.
Catalog of Federal Domestic AssistanceExit the TCEQ
ChemSpiderExit the TCEQ
Conversion & Calculation CenterExit the TCEQ
Geosciences Research Guide (UT)Exit the TCEQ
Internet Public LibraryExit the TCEQ
Library of Congress – Climatology, Meteorology, WeatherExit the TCEQ
Library of Congress – Environmental SciencesExit the TCEQ
Library of Congress – Health and MedicineExit the TCEQ
Library SpotExit the TCEQ
Martindale's The Reference DeskExit the TCEQ - Good site for calculators, chemistry, fundamental constants, mathematics, periodic tables, physics, and databases.
NAICS (North American Industry Classification System)Exit the TCEQ
National Environmental Methods IndexExit the TCEQ
Reference Desk by SubjectExit the TCEQ
Scorecard's chemical profilesExit the TCEQ
Scorecard's pollution informationExit the TCEQ
SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) CodesExit the TCEQ
TimeExit the TCEQ - Official U.S. time.
Virtual Perpetual CalendarsExit the TCEQ

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Statistics

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

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