432 East State
1st Floor (entrance
on Carroll Street), Trenton, NJ
8:30am - 4:30pm
Mail Code 432-01,
P.O. Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0409
432 E. State Street,
Trenton, NJ 08608
Information Resource Center (IRC) is the environmental library and information
center for NJDEP. It
is a full-service library designed to help you get what you need when
you need it. If the IRC does not have a document in its collection
that you have requested, IRC staff will identify an available source.
services provided by the IRC are available to all NJDEP personnel.
Members of the general public are welcome to use the library and its
various collections, but are restricted from borrowing any IRC books,
documents, etc. and from using services that incur fees, such as interlibrary
loans or database searches.
professional librarians staff the IRC and are available to provide the
Books, Government Documents and Regulatory Materials
staff members have borrowing
privileges for the IRC's
circulating collection of
approximately 4,000 books,
government documents and
regulatory materials related
to environmental science
and technology. Books that
have been cataloged to date
can be found in the State
Library's Public Access
you are looking for a book, report, regulation, etc. that the IRC does
not have in its collection, the IRC can obtain it for you via our interlibrary
loan service. This service connects the IRC to a vast system of
libraries that share resources. For example, although the IRC
has numerous EPA reports in its collection, we do not have every published
EPA report. Frequently, we borrow these reports from other libraries.
is the IRC's primary source
for current information in
Because of their importance
to current information, the
journals do not circulate.
staff can "watch" for literature in any topic that you are tracking.
For example, the IRC currently supports the work of the State's Mercury
Task Force by reviewing the tables of contents of journals for any literature
published on mercury regardings its effects on human health and its fate
in the environment. If you are interested in this type of service,
just call the IRC.
you need an article from a journal to which the IRC does not subscribe,
the IRC can obtain the article for you via our interlibrary loan service.
IRC subscribes to the OCLC interlibrary loan service. This service
allows the IRC to borrow and/or obtain photocopies of resources from
other libraries. Through this service, the IRC has access to
a vast collection of information resources held by other libraries
in the U.S. Numerous academic, corporate, government, and public libraries
participate in this service and are willing to lend their materials
to the IRC.
Research and Reference services
professional librarians assist DEP staff with projects in all subject
areas, from basic requests for background information to very technical
information. No request is too small or too large for the IRC.
example, IRC staff frequently find information on clean air and water
treatment technology, environmental economics, environmental justice,
ecology, geology, land use planning, regulations, sustainability, technical
standards (ASTM, ISO, ASME, etc.), toxicology, wildlife biology, financial
profiles of corporations and many other topics.
provide these types of reference services, IRC staff calls upon its
own reference materials, its interlibrary loan service, its relationships
with other libraries, the internet and Dialog, a powerful online information
service. Dialog makes millions of references accessible in approximately
650 discrete databases covering topics such as business and industry,
biology, chemistry, economics, environmental science, engineering, intellectual
property, medicine, and technology.
of IRC Web Site
IRC maintains links to "virtual"
sources of technical information
available for free on the
web. For more information,
click on "Environmental