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Ralph J. Bunche Library

United States -- Department of State

Address: 2201 C Street, NW; Room 3239
Washington, District of Columbia
United States

Phone: 202-647-1099

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Library details: Ralph J. Bunche Library is a Government Agency library.
This library is affiliated with Department of State (view map) . The collection of the library contains 350,000 volumes.

Other Info: The Ralph J. Bunche Library of the U.S. Department of State is the oldest Federal Government library. It was founded by the first Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson in 1789. It was dedicated to and renamed the Ralph J. Bunche Library on May 5, 1997. The Library has a large and important collection of unclassified and published information sources on foreign relations. The Library is not open to the public and does not lend books directly to members of the public. The Library will lend books, at its discretion, to other libraries. Members of the public must contact a library through which they may borrow books from the Ralph J. Bunche Library. The Library participates in interlibrary loan via OCLC. The Library's email address is

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Organizational structure: The library is part of a publicly-funded organization. It operates on a Non-profit financial model.

Collection size350,000volumes
Technology Profile
Product NameYear Contracted
Current Automation SystemWorldShare Management Services2018
Previous Automation SystemVoyager2006
Previous Automation SystemLibrary.Solution1985
Previous Automation SystemNone
Discovery Service (w/index)WorldCat Discovery Service2017
Previous Discovery IndexPrimo Central2010
Discovery InterfaceWorldCat Discovery Service2017
Previous Discovery InterfacePrimo2010
OpenURL Link resolverSFX2010
Previous Link resolverNone
The library's automation system is hosted by the vendor through an Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) arrangement.
This library is responsible for the procurement of the library automation system.
Identifiers ID4272
WorldCat Registry ID85713

Record History: This listing was created on Jun 23, 1999 and was last modified on Jan 6, 2023.

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