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About the Energy Library

Mission Statement

The WSU Energy Library provides objective, up-to-date information and research support related to energy efficiency, energy conservation, building standards and technologies, industrial processes, renewable resources, and energy policy to:

  • WSU Energy Program employees
  • WSU faculty, staff and students
  • Energy professionals
  • Public and private utilities
  • Legislators and Department of Commerce Energy staff
  • Government agencies
  • Citizens of Washington state

Energy Library Services

Access to Collection and Subject Expertise

The Energy Library maintains a special collection – staffed by librarians with years of energy experience – where WSU staff, the general public, and other libraries can expect to find energy-related information.

We are accessible to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The general public is invited to browse our collection and do in-house research. If you are traveling to visit the Energy Library, please call first to make sure staff will be available to assist you.

Our catalog is a subset of the WSU Libraries catalog (a.k.a. Griffin) and is accessible on the Web at Library Catalog. Select "Energy Library" from the drop-down menu.

In addition to use of the collection in-house, the Energy Library:

  • Accepts interlibrary loan requests via OCLC (holding symbol WE2)
  • Extends direct borrowing privileges to WSU Energy Program staff
  • Provides WSU staff, faculty and students, as well as the general public, with access to our materials through interlibrary loan

Current Awareness Tools

The Energy Library helps its users keep track of emerging trends and issues in energy through several electronic Newbriefs: Energy Newsbriefs, EnergyAg Newsbriefs, Industrial Newsbriefs, and Resource Conservation Manager (RCM) News. These materials, delivered through e-list subscription and on the Web, profile new information of potential interest to our staff and clients.

Reference and Research Support

The Energy Library encourages increased awareness and use of energy-efficient technologies by:

  • Maintaining a dedicated special collection of books, fact sheets, periodicals and reports
  • Providing literature searches of energy-related electronic databases
  • Referring users to additional energy-related information resources

Users may make information requests by email, phone 360-956-2076, or in person (see Contact Us for address and directions to the Olympia office). Referrals for energy-related information are also accepted from other libraries.