About the Library

Librarian Priorities

  • Actively collect and catalog all DNR publications.
  • Provide speedy interlibrary loan service for DNR employees.
  • Provide research and reference assistance to DNR employees and the public.
  • Provide online access to the library catalog, DNR image bank, and digital DNR publications.
  • Maintain journal subscriptions of particular importance to DNR employees.
  • Maintain collection of books and publications relevant to the DNR's mission.
  • Conduct outreach with DNR employees and the public to promote library resources and develop improved services.

Our Collections

The Carter Library collects materials which reflect and support the activities at DNR, including ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, and smart growth. The library currently contains over 10,000 volumes, more than 2,000 of which are Maryland Department of Natural Resources publications. The collection is searchable online in the library catalog. Journal holdings and current subscriptions are available on the DNR Journal List. Digital collections include an online image bank, accessible from the library, digitized documents in the Bibliography of Chesapeake Bay Grey Literature, and digital repository of DNR documents.

The Maryland Geological Survey in Baltimore has a collection of some 10,000 books and journals, 4,000 USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle maps, and thousands of orthophotoquads, National Wetland Inventory Maps, county topographic maps, aeromagetic maps, oyster bar charts, radar imagery maps, Bay atlases, historic shoreline maps, county landfill maps, county planning and zoning maps, national park maps, satellite imagery maps, as well as archival maps, air photographs and indices. Materials do not circulate. Visit their website for directions, contact information, and hours.

Borrowing information

DNR staff may borrow materials from the library for a loan period of three weeks. The public is welcome to use the library materials in the library Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. At this time, the library does not lend materials through interlibrary loan.

Directions and Parking

The library is located in B3 of the Tawes State Office Building at 580 Taylor Avenue. Directions and parking information is available at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/map.html

Donations Guidelines

Ann Wheeler, Librarian
Last updated: April 17, 2007

  1. Acceptance of all donations is at the discretion of the librarian.
  2. Accepted donations may or may not be incorporated into the collection at the discretion of the librarian. Items that are not incorporated into the collection will be distributed to other libraries, donated to charity, or in rare cases disposed of as the librarian sees fit.
  3. For the health of our employees and collections, the library cannot incorporate books that are moldy, mildewed, or insect infested.
  4. The library is especially interested in receiving donations of the following type:
    • MDNR publications.
    • Scientific and technical material of relevance to the work of MDNR.
    • Non-fiction in good condition dealing with natural history and environmental science.
    • Journals (one years worth or longer) relevant to the work of MDNR.
    • Replacement issues of journals that the library is missing.
  5. The library can provide a receipt of donations received, but cannot indicated monetary value on the donation.

If you have questions about this policy or about donating specific items to the library, please contact the library at library.dnr@maryland.gov or 410-260-8830.

Thank you for your donations!


Library Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Request an Interlibrary Loan
(DNR Employees Only)

About the Library
Librarian Priorities
Our Collections
Borrowing Information
Directions and Parking
Donations Guidelines

Contact the Library
Phone: 410-260-8830
Fax: 410-260-8951
Email: library.dnr@maryland.gov




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