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Learn about the Commerce Research Library, who we serve, how to contact us, our history, and Commerce history.

Who we serve

The Commerce Research Library is located in the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) in Washington, DC. We provide access to databases, books, training opportunities, and presentations that support the ongoing work of Department employees. The historic Reading Room is a beautiful and welcoming physical space available for quiet work and events. While mainly serving HCHB, we provide all Commerce staff select database and training resources. Additionally, bureau-specific libraries listed below have collections and services that support their bureau-specific staff.

Database Access:

Request an account (except PTO) to access available databases, news resources, and recordings of valuable trainings and presentations. Most database access is limited to HCHB staff. Regional staff can visit MyAthens to see a complete list of databases based on bureau and duty station, including Lexis and Westlaw. PTO staff must go through their supervisors for database access. Please work with the PTO libraries for additional resources. Members of the public are not eligible for database access.

Book Access:

The print and eBook collections are only available to staff in the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) in Washington, DC. If you are a member of the public, you may request print materials via interlibrary loan only.

Reserve Library:

Staff stationed in HCHB can check availability to reserve the Reading Room (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only) for their meetings and presentations.

Contact Us

Library staff are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We offer several ways to get in touch:

Request Research Assistance

Request a Book, eBook, Article, or Report

Report an Access Problem

Contact Another DOC Library