LPL Library

Contact: Lisa Martin

Our fantastic library

The LPL Library was established by Gerard P. Kuiper in 1962 as a reading room and ready-reference collection serving the LPL faculty, staff, and graduate students. The library's interdisciplinary collection of books, journals, technical and observatory reports, preprints, planetary maps, audiovisual materials, and computer resources supports research and teaching in planetary science, primarily at the graduate level.

The library also has a large collection of topographic maps, chiefly of Arizona and the Southwest. The library, located in Room 409 of the Kuiper Space Sciences Building, is staffed M/W/F from 6:30 a.m. until 1:00  p.m., and members of the LPL community have 24-hour access to the collection. Undergraduate students, UA employees, and the public may use the materials in the library but do not have circulation privileges. 

Our fantastic libraryThere is a small collection of books and journals located in Room 100 of the Sonett Building for the convenience of the faculty and staff of LPL-West. Please contact the librarian (621-2870) for access to this reading room and also to the special materials in the Regional Educator Resource Center and the collection of topographic maps. 

LPL Library Services 
Acquisitions List: A listing of new items that have been added to the collection is compiled and distributed quarterly. The new books are displayed for several months in the reference area of the Library. 

Catalog: The electronic catalog provides author, title, and subject access to the books, journals, technical reports, and computer resources in the collection. The catalog provides access to the materials in the LPL Library in the Kuiper Building, the reading room in the Sonett Building, and the Regional Educator Resource Center, as well as selected items in the Space Imagery Center. 

Class Reserve Shelf: Class reserve materials are shelved in the reference area and are available for use in the Library or for overnight checkout.

Journals: The LPL Library contains a collection of the essential planetary sciences journals.  Most of these titles are also available in electronic format via SABIO.

LPL Reprint Series: Recent preprints and reprints of journal articles written by members of the LPL community are on display in the Library. The librarian compiles and circulates a list of new preprints on a monthly basis.