About the Library

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) library and institutional archive serve both research and support staff by acquiring materials and providing access to information services about a range of disciplines and topics. The STScI institutional archive works in tandem with the library and staff across the institute to preserve technical, scientific, and administrative records of enduring value.

Learn more about our collections or browse our catalog.

Our Core Services

Our library and institutional archive support STScI through numerous services, including:

  • Maintenance of the telescope publications database
  • Institutional (non-data) archiving
  • Journal and book acquisitions
  • Targeted classes on a variety of topics, including scholarly publishing, Astrophysics Data System (ADS) Beta, and ORCID integration
  • Interlibrary loan and document delivery services
  • Assistance with citation formatting
  • Literature searches (ADS and commercial resources)
  • Bibliography tracking for staff professional development and ORCID integration
  • Support and communications with ADS staff, and select ADS submissions for instrument science reports and accepted proposals
  • Benchmarking and metrics
  • 24/7 online access and print checkout

Our Core Services

Composite of visible (or optical), radio, and X-ray data of the full shell of the supernova remnant from SN 1006
Our Collections

We serve research and support staff.

Helix Nebula
Institutional Archive

We host an extensive archive and preserve historical records.

Planetary Nebula NGC 7293
Missions Publications

We maintain bibliographies and statistics to track the use of mission data in refereed literature.

A vast wave of hot gas in the nearby Perseus galaxy cluster
Our Catalog

Begin your search on the STScI library catalog.


Contact a Librarian

410-338-4961 or 667-218-6484


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