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The National Weather Center Library



Due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, The National Weather Center Library is closed to the public through May 31, 2021.  Although the library is closed, library materials are still available for checkout and we are still answering reference questions.

Please contact the National Weather Center Library for assistance with library materials and research questions.


The front of the National Weather Center Library, decorated for fall.





The National Weather Center Library's Archive Room.

The National Weather Center (NWC) Library began operating in 2006, when the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) Library was merged with OU's School of Meteorology library.  We support the research, education, outreach, and operations of all NWC entities, and offer research services to anyone in the general public with an interest in weather or geography.  The NWC Library collection contains over 7,000 materials covering subjects including:

  • Meteorology
  • Geography
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Climatology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Disaster Management
  • Computer Programming and Languages

Our library is also home to unique government documents, historical weather maps, and rare field sketchbooks of tornadoes from the 1800s.  As the library is a joint venture of the University of Oklahoma and NOAA, we facilitate access to both educational and federal resources.  The NWC Library hosts therapy dog visits weekly, and serves as an OU ADRC testing location within the National Weather Center.