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“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.” – Rachel Carson

Since 1984, the Environmental Research Library (ERL), formerly called the Information Resource Center, has been the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) library and information center for environmental science and technology. Two professional librarians manage a collection of books, journals, government documents and regulatory information related to environmental health, site remediation, toxicology, water resources, waste management, and more. The Environmental Research Library (ERL) is a branch library of the New Jersey State Library and is supported by NJDEP's Office of Science.

It is the mission of the ERL to provide timely and high-quality environmental information research and services to NJDEP staff and to the general public. Our vision for the ERL is to be an environmental information center whose work and resources are aligned with and critical to the priorities of the Department.

All services provided by the ERL are available to all NJDEP personnel. Members of the general public are welcomed to use the library and its various collections, but are restricted from borrowing any ERL books, documents, etc. and from using services that incur fees, such as interlibrary loans or database searches.

ERL Spotlight

Our complete list of journal holdings has been updated for 2015! Please visit our Journals page to download a PDF copy of the list. Color printouts of the list are also available on the table at the front of the Library - feel free to take a copy
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Mailing Address:
Mail Code 432-01, P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0409

Office Location:
432 East State Street,
1st Floor (entrance on Carroll Street), Trenton, NJ

Phone:  609-984-2249

For information regarding this site,
please contact Terri Tucker.

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