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National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance


About the National Library of Education

The National Library of Education was created in 1994, however the library collection began around 1872. The library serves as the federal government's primary education information resource to the public, education community, and other government agencies.

The Library's collection focuses on education, but also includes fields such as law, public policy, economics, urban affairs, sociology, history, philosophy, and information science. The Library also serves as a depository under the Federal Depository Library Program of the U.S. Government Printing Office, making available documents produced by various other federal government agencies.

The Library offers information, statistical, and referral services to the Department of Education and other government agencies and institutions, and to the public.

Online Library Resources

Library Catalog

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)

U.S. Department of Education,
National Library of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

The facility is only a few blocks away from the Maryland Avenue Exit of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop and the Federal Center SW Metro stop. Public bus service operates within one block of the building. There are several public parking garages within a 2-block radius of the building. If you are planning to visit the Library, you will be required to present a picture ID in order to enter the Headquarters Building.

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except federal holidays.

Contact Information:
Reference: 202-205-5015
Toll-free: 1-800-424-1616
Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339

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