Welcome


Barbara Ferry

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the National Geographic's Library, which is located at the Society's headquarters in Washington DC on the 1st floor of the 16th St. building. You may visit us from 9-5pm EST when the Society offices are open, call our reference desks at 202.857.7783 (editorial / business research) or 202.857-7501 (Records and Archives) or email us at library@ngs.org. We are also available on Google Chat during business hours.

Our 16 staff are dedicated to providing the Society's staff and partners with the best information to enable them to work anytime, anywhere, in an increasingly dynamic global environment.

Each year, we answer nearly 3,000 reference and research questions, on topics as diverse as the Society's heritage assets, background on potential partners, markets or donors, or questions related to editorial content. At the Library, our motto is the "Ten Minute Rule." That means, if you haven't found what you are looking for in ten minutes, call us. We want to help make your research more efficient and we look forward to learning more about you and what you are working on.

Our book, map, and periodical collections are searchable in the Library Catalog. The library also purchases dozens of databases for you to use from your desktops, including Proquest Magazine Database, Nexis (Training required), Gale Academic Onefile, Scholar Universe, and Nature Online. Our business researchers appreciate the direct access the NG Library provides to Hoovers Company Directory, PWC's Entertainment and Media Report, and credit reports including Dun & Bradstreet. All of our databases and detailed research guides are accessible via our Research Tools web page.

The Library is also responsible for managing essential business documents and records to meet legal requirements and to preserve and leverage the Society's heritage. We write and produce the NG Time Line, a virtual encyclopedia of NG History, and the NG Indexes for searching about print content produced by NG. Our twice-weekly EarthCurrent is popular with staff and others for its up-to-date coverage of topics of interest to National Geographic.

Again, welcome! We look forward to working with you.

Thank you,
Barbara Ferry
Director, NG Library
202.857.7051 / bferry@ngs.org