About the NRAO Library

The NRAO Library is located in the Charlottesville, Virginia Headquarters and provides collections, reference materials, bibliographic statistics, and more to the NRAO Community and beyond. We hold the largest single collection of radio astronomy materials in the world.


The Library maintains physical collections of journals, books, internal documents, and exchanges from observatories and institutions around the globe. We also provide an extensive collection of electronic journals and eBooks and internal videos from NRAO meetings and events. We provide Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for our patrons and to other agencies. Our electronic resources are available to all employees through direct, IP-based access. Use Remote Desktop when away from NRAO. Any physical items from the collection you may need to use can be sent overnight to you.


Under the Resources tab you will find search facilities and tables of contents for internal memos and report, our bibliographic database, NRAOPapers, and NRAOTheses. Statistics derived from NRAOPapers are linked here, too.

Contact Us

Any resource we do not own or hold access rights to we will obtain for and deliver to you, generally within 48 business hours. Please contact the Library Staff to let us know how we may assist you. Also, you may review the below tutorials to guide you through navigating some of the Library's services.

Modified on Tuesday, 29-Jan-2019 11:24:26 EST by Library Staff