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STScI Library Collections

The STScI Library, while small in size, houses a wide array of both formats and topic areas.

We actively acquire materials related to astronomy and astrophysics as well as ancillary disciplines such as optics, systems engineering, project management, scholarly publishing, scientific communications, space policy, software programming and design, business and administration, data visualization, public outreach, minorities and diversity in the sciences, and social issues surrounding science in general. The Library supports both day-to-day resource needs of its staff and provides materials that illustrate the social and historical context in which its flagship missions were conceived and launched.

The STScI Library houses a mix of print and digital monographs, research journals, popular periodicals, NASA technical publications, dissertations, staff and institute publications, standards documentation, historic surveys and catalogs stored on compact discs, documentaries on DVD related to STScI and its missions, and other formats typical of a modern astronomy library.

The STScI Library also maintains a collection of historical and current publications from various observatories. These include annual reports, newsletters, observing manuals, etc.

If you are interested in learning more about the STScI Library Collections or have questions about borrowing policies for non-STScI affiliates, please contact STScI Library staff or search the STScI Library Catalog. The STScI Library participates in WorldCat Interlibrary Loan services under the OCLC symbol STI.

STScI collection at Johns Hopkins University Archive

JHU Special Collections located at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library on the Johns Hopkins University has a collection of documents relating to the history of STScI. Space Telescope Science Institute Records 1964-2008 are available upon request from the STScI Library and JHU Archivist.

JHU also has a collection entitled "The Space Telescope," a group of records compiled by Robert W. Smith while researching and writing his book The Space Telescope: A Study of NASA, Science, Technology and Politics.

If you have any documents relating to the history of STScI and its missions, please consider donating them to the archive. We'd like historians to be able to tell our story 100 years from now. For requests to access the JHU Archives or to inquire whether your material is eligible for inclusion in the archives, please contact the STScI Library directly.