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The National Weather Center Library



Library update: The library is not open for Self-Checkout or as a study space. During walk-in hours. (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9a-12p to 12:30p-4:30p) staff will be in the library to assist patrons and manually checkout books and other materials. Once you pick up whatever books and/or materials you are expected to leave the library, studying and/or using the computers and printers are not possible at this time. Please use alternative study spaces and computer labs until the NWC Library is fully operational. Questions or Concerns, please email
Image: NWC Library Operations Announcement

The National Weather Center Library remains closed to the public. The position of the NWC librarian is currently vacant but library materials are still available for checkout and assistance with reference questions is available. Please contact us at with any questions you might have.

Also, the following subject librarians at OU’s Bizzell library are available to answer reference questions related to Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences:

For book returns to the NWC library, please use the outside book drop (blue box) on the NWC parking lot.



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.