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Location of Electronic Reading Room

NOAA's Electronic Reading Room and NOAA Public Reference Facility is the central reference and records inspection facility for NOAA.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Public Reference Facility (OFA56)
1315 East West Highway (SSMC3)
Room 10730
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

The facility is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Federal holidays. Equipment for making copies is available for public use and the room is disabled accessible.

Requesters shall contact the NOAA FOIA Staff, 301-628-5658, to schedule visits or to verify that specific documents are maintained in the reading room. All reading room records created by NOAA on or after November 1, 1996, will be made available electronically at the site. The public is encouraged to access information electronically. They may also submit requests to NOAA under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Frequently Requested Records

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Major Information Systems

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Description of Publicly Available Information

NOAA's Office of Communications & External Affairs is NOAA's focal point for information in the public domain. The office maintains a broad range of NOAA publications, press releases, reports, and other pertinent information. The office address, contact person, and an index of frequently requested publications can be accessed from this link.

NOAA's mission statement, strategic plan, organizational structure, Line and Program Offices, and a wealth of scientific and administrative information can be accessed from NOAA's About page.