US DOE Public Reading Room Richland Operations Office Office of River Protection

General Information

  • The Reading Room is located in the Consolidated Information Center of the Washington State University/Tri-Cities Branch Campus, along with the PNNL Technical Library.
  • The Reading Room is open Monday through Thursday from Noon until 4pm (Pacific Time). Staff is available during these hours to assist patrons in utilizing the collection.
  • If a copy needs to be made, a duplication fee of 10 cents per page is charged for copying from paper, 25 cents per page for printing from microfiche.
  • A public access computer is provided for searching the Internet for Hanford and Department of Energy (DOE) related information.
  • The collection contains over 49,000 items. These are primarily technical and administrative reports created by DOE and its contractors from the 1943 founding of the Hanford Site to the present. The Reading Room does NOT contain every report ever written at Hanford, but the staff is happy to assist users in trying to locate Hanford publicly available documents not in the Reading Room.
  • Materials in the Reading Room collection do not circulate; they cannot be checked out or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
  • The Reading Room does not subscribe to any journals.
  • The Richland Reading Room was established in 1976. It is one of approximately 20 DOE Public Reading Rooms located throughout the country in communities near major DOE facilities.
  • See the DOE Headquarters website for information on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
  • Information on how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Hanford materials is available on the Hanford website.

    To file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Hanford materials use the following address:

    U.S. Department of Energy
    FOIA Officer, A7-75
    P.O. Box 550
    Richland, WA 99352