Libraries are the backbone of any research organization, and NOAA is no exception. With 21 libraries that service NOAA’s various labs, programs, and offices, organizing these veritable “oceans” of data is accomplished through the expertise of the NOAA Central Library staff.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.