Environmental Studies
Virtual Library

University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign

Library Collection Descriptions
Statements of Collecting Initiatives

ACES Library

Environmental aspects of: land management, natural resource management, solid waste management in small and rural communities, wetlands, watersheds, golf courses, and turf management, pesticides, fertilizers, organic food production, food safety, food production, toxicity, farm management, rural economic development, policy and law, commerce and economics, consumer behavior, natural habitat, biodiversity, land use ecology, plant ecosystems, pollution prevention programs, natural resource planning, environmental assessments, alternative fuel sources, near surface groundwater quality and hygrology, sustainable agriculture, soil erosion, sediment pollution, agricultural ethics, aquaculture, forest management, food handling, and rural sociology.

For additional information contact: Pat Allen, Head Librarian

Architecture and Art Library

With regard to architecture and design this library purchases items relating to "sustainable architecture" which deals with materials and methods of construction which conserve limited resources, and encourage the thoughtful selection of renewable and recyclable resources. This, in turn, has bearing on the total amount of energy required to develop the materials and construct the building. Pertaining to historic preservation, we purchase material that studies environments as they relate to the history of architecture. In the realm of art we are concerned with the selection of artists' materials and their recyclability and earth-friendliness as well as safety in the working environment.

For additional information contact: Jane Block, Head Librarian

Biology Library

The Biology Library's primary collection emphasis is on the basic sciences, with emphasis on research-level materials. In the environmental sciences, this means that we would collect in all aspects of ecology, though primarily terrestrial ecology. We have two relevant endowment funds, one for natural history and one for materials on the environment. Suggestions for books to purchase are welcome.

For additional information contact: Diane Schmidt, Head Librarian

Chemistry Library

The UIUC Chemistry Library supports the research and teaching of the School of Chemical Sciences, which includes the Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering. Therefore, environmental science topics which include or overlap with these major areas will be collected. Specific areas for inclusion are studies of environmental impacts at the molecular level, interactions with chemical systems, environmental chemistry, and the chemistry of natural products.

For additional information contact: Tina Chrzastowski, Head Librarian

City Planning and Landscape Architecture Library

In the CPLA Library, environmental science integrates the natural sciences with environmental law, environmental economics, environmental planning, resources in preservation of wetlands, protection of natural habitat, biodiversity, ecology, ecosystems, pollution prevention programs, natural resource planning, preparation of environment assessments, developing programs relating to problems of water supply, solid waste management, hazardous waste, sustainable development, preservation of national parks, historic conservation, GIS, and urban forestry.

For additional information contact: Priscilla Yu, Head Librarian

Commerce Library

Within the Commerce Library, environmental science materials are acquired as they relate to environmental economics including environmentally conscious industries, companies, employers and consumers, and financial accounting for the environment. In addition, materials about the the
relevancy of the environment on corporate decisions, management decisions, leadership, and budgeting will be collected.

For additional information contact: Becky Smith, Head Librarian

Education and Social Science Library

Within the Education and Social Science Library, environmental sciences are acquired as they relate to ecological psychology, ecological sociology, environmental education, international and transnational environmental policy, environmentalism in its social aspects, social ecology, and the sociological aspects of biodiversity. To a lesser extent, eco-tourism materials are also acquired as they relate to anthropology and sociology.

For additional information contact: Nancy O'Brien, Head Librarian

Geology Library

Materials that cover the application of geologic principles and knowledge to problems created by man's occupancy and exploitation of the physical environment including studies in hydrogeology, topography, engineering geology, and economic geology (although engineering properties of earth materials will probably be delegated to Grainger). This field of study may also include such areas as the safe disposal of solid and liquid wastes, management of water resources (shared with a number of other libraries), and evaluation/mapping of rock and mineral resources.

For additional information contact: Lura Joseph, Head Librarian

Grainger Engineering Library

Collection development efforts in environmental sciences in the Grainger Engineering Library primarily support the Environmental Engineering and Science program (degree granting) within the Civil Engineering department. The areas of focus are: water pollution, air pollution, air quality, waste management, water treatment, and hazardous materials.

The Grainger Library also collects in atmospheric sciences.

In addition, the environmental collection in Grainger supports research and instruction in the departments of Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (primarily in the air conditioning and refrigeration program), and Materials Science and Engineering.

For additional information contact: William Mischo, Head Librarian

Natural History Survey Library

The Illinois Natural History Survey Library supports the research and teaching of the Illinois Natural History Survey Staff and other affiliated U of I faculty, students and staff.  The INHS Library's specific environmental areas include wet lands, aquatic ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, habitat restorations, natural habitats, biodiversity, ecology, GIS, ecosystems, natural resources, enviromental education, and conservation.

For additional information contact: Beth Wohlgemuth, Head Librarian

Physics and Astronomy Library

The main areas of environmental science subject interest in the Physics/Astronomy Library include the natural systems of geophysics and atmospheric physics. Selection of geophysics materials are generally deferred to the Geology Library. However, some geophysics conference proceedings are acquired through standing order plans with physics societies. Other geophysics materials that are part of a larger collection (such as Landolt-Borstein volumes of earth data) are also included in the Physics collection.

Atmospheric physics (including climatology, meteorology and weather) are collected, but not comprehensively.

For additional information contact: Gregory Youngen, Head Librarian

Undergraduate Library

Collects for lower level undergraduates, with emphasis on current concerns, controversial issues, environment problems world-wide, basic strategies, policies, solution, etc. --- i.e., general types of materials.

For additional information contact Joyce Wright, Head Librarian

Veterinary Medicine Library

The Veterinary Medicine Library's involvement with environmental science materials is through environmental toxicology. Environmental toxicology as a subject area consists of various sub-areas that may overlay with many other libraries on campus. For example, books on food toxicology can easily be within the responsibility of the ACES Library for their collection focus in food science, while the books on toxicology of animal feeds may be more suitable for the Veterinary Medicine Library, particularly if it deals with the pathological aspects of the feeds. Materials on domestic animals and wildlife as indicators of toxicants in air, water, soil and other places are also targeted by this library, and will need close coordination with the Natural History Survey and, to a lesser extent, with the Biology Library.

The following general statement applies to materials purchased by the Veterinary Medicine Library:

A. General materials on toxicants of various origins (plant, drugs, fertilizer, pesticides, fungi, feed/food additives, metals, inorganic chemistry, and others)

B. General and specific materials on the interactions of the toxicants with living organisms, mostly animals and including humans

For additional information contact: Gregory Youngen, Head Librarian

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