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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 Library is temporarily closed for in-person use. However, librarians are available to answer questions by phone at 512-239-0020 or email at
Phone: 512-239-0020
Fax: 512-239-0022

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

TCEQ Austin Offices Map

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.)

What is available on the shelves?

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 publicationstesting
  • Texas Water Development Board reports
  • telephone directories for most Texas cities
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
  • 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
What can I borrow or access and how?

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

TexShare is a statewide resource sharing program designed to improve library service to Texans. The TexShare Consortium includes public libraries, colleges and universities, and libraries of clinical medicine. TexShare is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

The TexShare Databases allow you to access over 27,000 journals, over 171,000 ebooks, and over 15 million images, videos, and interactive resources. Access TexShare DatabasesExit the TCEQ

What services are available?
  • answer reference questions
  • check holdings for specific items
  • 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.

Links to Other Resources
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)]