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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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FPL Library - A National Forest Service Library

The Forest Products Laboratory Library is one of two specialized branches in the three branch National Forest Service Library (NFSL) system. The other two branches are based in Ft. Collins, CO (The National Forest Service Library branch) and San Juan, PR (The International Institute of Tropical Forestry branch.)

The NFSL system provides access to electronic journals and bibliographic databases, current literature alerting, reference, and interlibrary loan services to support the needs of Forest Service employees.

The FPL Library is also open to the public for reference inquiries and assistance accessing Forest Service research. General inquiries may be sent to The Library’s regular operating hours are listed below. The FPL Library is not currently open to walk-in visitors.

Please contact the Library for more information about planning your visit as well as more information about researching with the NFSL collections. Research guides are available by request.

The FPL Library serves an access point to the entire NFSL collection. Locally held subject areas include solid wood products, pulp and paper, mycology, wood anatomy, wood engineering, biotechnology, adhesives, wood preservation, fire research, economics, biodeterioration of wood, paints and coatings, and recycling. Subjects change with changes in federal emphasis areas.

Researching with the NFSL
    National Forest Service Library catalog: This integrated catalog allows users to search the collections of all three branches as well as links to electronic subscriptions. Some materials may be limited to USFS employees or certain library branches.

    Treesearch: Treesearch is an online system for sharing free, full text publications by Research and Development scientists in the USDA Forest Service. Included in Treesearch are scholarly works authored by the agency’s scientists and published by journals, in conference proceedings, or in books. Treesearch also offers scholarly works published by the agency which may or may not have been authored by agency researchers.

    National Agricultural Library: NFSL is a field library of the USDA National Agricultural Library (NAL.) The NAL is one of five national libraries of the United States and houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences.

    Contact Information

      Inquiries about reference, resources, visits and more may be sent to Library staff will follow up with you shortly.

Library Hours

Please note that to help protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, the Forest Products Laboratory building is currently closed to walk-in visits by the public.
Day of WeekHours
Monday8 a.m.- 4 p.m. CT
Tuesday8 a.m.- 4 p.m. CT
Wednesday8 a.m.- 4 p.m. CT
Thursday8 a.m.- 4 p.m. CT
Friday8 a.m.- 4 p.m. CT
Saturday, Sunday and Federal HolidaysClosed