“A library maintained by a unit of government
responsible for national defense, maintaining collections
for the use of military staff, but that may have a broader
mandate, including accessibility to the general public
(example: Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy).
Military librarians are organized in the Federal and
Armed Forces Libraries Round Table of the American
-Joan Reitz, Dictionary for Library and Information
“The Nimitz Library offers comprehensive library
services to midshipmen and faculty. Service is also
provided to USNA military and civilian staff and their
family members, to personnel attached to the other
activities of the Annapolis Area Naval Complex, and to
local retired faculty members and retired military
personnel. Other residents of the Annapolis community
and authorized researchers may make use of the
Library's resources under specific circumstances.”
Similar to their equivalent civilian libraries
Installation: Also known as a base, this is a place where
servicemen are stationed.
Communities with family
housing, commissaries, schools, libraries, and other
Libraries reflect this population and have a scope of
materials similar to a public library.
“Federal and Armed Forces Libraries
represent a wide variety of library
types: research, law, school, and public.
Librarians working for the Federal
government have opportunities that
span the library field: from direct
services to the public to in-depth
research support for America’s military
and civilian services.”
“The Military Libraries Division brings together those
interested in the betterment of military library service.
It is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on
It conceives and carries out projects that assist members in
improving services to their constituencies.
It works to promote the professional advancement of its
It works to enhance understanding of the importance of
libraries to a successful national defense.”
Special appreciations to Sandra Brown
of the Army Corps of Engineers for her assistance.