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John Van Oosten Library

The John Van Oosten Library serves the information needs of scientists and staff at the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC).

Librarian: Vacant
Telephone: 734-214-7210 | Fax: 734-994-8780
Email: gs-mwr-glsc_library.usgs.gov
Hours: 9:00am - 5:30pm Monday through Friday
OCLC Symbol: GLF (Note to Librarians: Although we no longer are a supplier or update our holdings in OCLC, interlibrary loans may be available by contacting the JVO Librarian.)

Collection The library contains a specialized and valuable collection of print and electronic materials focused on the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. The collection is especially strong in the areas of aquatic habitats and resources, particularly fisheries, and in the ecology of the Great Lakes basin. Books, reports, theses, and other materials in the John Van Oosten Library focus on the following areas:

  • Zoology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Dredging, Coastal Engineering, and Water Supply Engineering
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physiology

Visitor Policy The library is open to other researchers. Because staff time and resources are limited, our goal is to serve as a resource for specialized interests when our collection and expertise are uniquely qualified to fill a research need. All visitors are asked to contact the library before arriving to ensure that staff will be available. The library is not open to visitors when staff are unavailable. All materials must be used in the library. Staff cooperate in an extensive interlibrary loan network with thousands of other libraries. Visitors who wish to check out materials will be referred to their local library to make arrangements for loans through this network. Our policy in loaning materials to other libraries is very generous.

Location The library is located in the Great Lakes Science Center in northeast Ann Arbor, at 1451 Green Road. For more information about the city of Ann Arbor, check out the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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John Van OostenLibrary History Dr. John Van Oosten, the library's namesake, was made Director of the Great Lakes Biological Laboratory, as the GLSC was then known, when it was established in Ann Arbor in 1927. He relinquished this administrative responsibility in 1949 and continued his research in the capacity of senior scientist until his retirement on December 31, 1961. All told, he spent 42 years in service to the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the course of his career, Dr. Van Oosten established a worldwide reputation as a fisheries scientist. He authored more than 90 scientific papers. Dr. Van Oosten's major interest throughout his long professional career was research on the Great Lakes and their fisheries. His interests also extended into fishery regulation and management. He was consulted regularly by fishery administrators of the Great Lakes states and belonged to numerous scientific and professional organizations. He was made a Distinguished Service Honorary Member by the American Fisheries Society in 1952, and on January 18, 1962, he received the Distinguished Service Citation of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with gold medal. A lasting tribute to Dr. Van Oosten was established in Ann Arbor through the dedication of the John Van Oosten Research Library in 1966. The library houses his extensive personal collection of reprints, journals, books, reports, and other documents.

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