The Research Library provides a large collection of print and electronic books, journals, reports, conference proceedings and many audio/visual materials.

Public access to the Research Library is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 precautions.

Research Library items are available for check out to LANL employees and retirees only.

Item Count

There is a 50 item limit per customer.

Loan Periods


28 days
10 days if on hold for another patron


28 days for print copies
7 days for microfiche

What if I lose materials that are on my record?

Library materials constitute Laboratory property and Lab employees and contractors are personally responsible for materials checked out to them until materials are cleared from their circulation record. Due to a limited book budget, lost items must be replaced by  providing the Library with:

  1. A replacement copy
  2. A cost center/program code so that we can replace the item.


A book or report may be renewed as long as it is not requested by another patron. For more information, see Circulation.

Retiree Borrowing Program

The Research Library offers a program to Laboratory retirees allowing them to have limited access to library materials. For more information, see the Retiree Borrowing Program page.

Copyright Information

Most of the electronic resources such as ejournals, databases and ebooks available at Lab are owned (copyrighted) by someone and governed by license agreements. These legal agreements determine how an electronic resource can or cannot be used. Please see the Copyright page for more information.

Public Access

The Research Library is open to the general public 9am-4p, Monday-Friday.

Visitors have access to the library's book and journal collections, the electronic databases and the electronic books and journal articles that are available to Lab staff. However, visitors will not have access to technical reports in print or microfiche.

What about electronic access?

The Library's catalog via Primo is available to anyone, listing our holdings for print and electronic books, journals, patents, and unclassified reports. Most databases and electronic journals listed on this web site are restricted by license agreements to use by Laboratory staff only. Members of the public may use these resources from within the Library building only.

What if I send you my questions?

We regret that we do not have the resources to answer reference questions from the public received via regular or electronic mail. We suggest you check with the public or university libraries in your area for assistance.

What about technical reports?

The report collection is not accessible to the public.
The Report team will provide a courtesy scan of up to 25 pages of any external, non-Los Alamos reports that is available in microfiche.