Library Collection

The library maintains a collection of books, journals, technical reports, and archival materials.


Boulder Laboratories Staff are encouraged to recommend materials for addition to the collection using the book recommendation form (link). An Acquisitions Committee, consisting of the professional library staff recommends and votes on items for the collection (over 35,000 titles).

Books may be reserved online via the library catalog.


Current subscriptions total approximately 160 titles with a current collection of 29,000 bound volumes. Shelf arrangement is alphabetical by title. The collection may be searched via the online Catalog. The library also provides access to over 30,000 full text E-Journals via databases and pay-per-view token access.

Technical Reports

The library collects a small number of government documents. All technical reports produced by the Boulder Laboratory research agencies are collected. Scientific publications from NOAA, NIST and NTIA are collected on a limited basis. The University of Colorado - Boulder is a Federal Depository Library. Our users may access CU's collection or we will provide interlibrary loan service for these materials.


Standards are not collected at the Boulder Labs Library. National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) provides FREE standards to NIST employees only. The University of Colorado's Gemmill Engineering Library collects standards. Our library users may either purchase standards directly from the issuing body with their lab's funds or may contact CU to see if they own. If you need help in identifying a standard or ordering information, contact one of the reference Staff.