Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Library Databases

The following databases include information resources about Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources and may require your patron ID to access. Many electronic resources are only available to state of Ohio employees.


Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library, including pertinent information for agricultural studies, citations for journal articles, software, audiovisual materials, technical reports, and more.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)

OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is the first place Ohio’s college students and researchers go to find the latest journal articles. It contains over 24 million full-text articles in 10,000 journals from large publishers to small presses.

Environment Complete

Environment Complete provides hundreds of top environment journals and monographs covering agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, public policy, sustainability and other related subjects.


GeoRef includes bibliographic records from more than 3,500 journals covering a wide spectrum of geoscience literature, as well as indexed books, maps, government reports, and conference papers.

Ohio Digital Library

A collection of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, and popular magazines in a variety of formats available to download.

O’Reilly Online Learning (formerly Safari Books)

A premier on demand digital library providing over 30,000 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher’s needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

Recommended eBooks and Journals


The following websites have additional resources and information. The list may include websites from governments, organizations affiliated with the topic, and for-profit companies. Inclusion on this list of organizations and commercial websites does not constitute an endorsement.

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, EDF finds practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Ohio Department of Agriculture

The mission of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to protect Ohio citizens by ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply, to maintain the health of Ohio’s animals and plant life, and to create economic opportunities for Ohio’s farmers, food processors and agribusinesses.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

The mission of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is to ensure a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. ODNR regulates the oil and gas industry, the mining industry, hunting and fishing, and dams, while maintaining natural resources such as state parks, state nature preserves, state wildlife areas, state forests, and state waterways.

Ohio Environmental Council

The mission of the Ohio Environmental Council is to secure healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home. The OEC works for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful, and our communities safe. They fight for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. OEC holds polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is a trusted leader and environmental steward using innovation, quality service and public involvement to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Ohioans.
Ohio EPA's goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.

Ohio Farm Bureau

Ohio Farm Bureau is a grassroots membership organization that works to support Ohio agriculture and the state's food and farm community.

United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

United States Department of Agriculture

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management. USDA is made up of 29 agencies and offices with nearly 100,000 employees who serve the American people at more than 4,500 locations across the country and abroad.

United States Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

United States Forest Service

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

United States House Committee on Agriculture

This website includes information and resources about the work of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

United States House Committee on Natural Resources

The House Committee on Natural Resources advances the interests of the indigenous peoples and residents of the territories of the United States, and considers legislation and oversees federal conservation and species protection programs.

United States Natural Resource Conservation Service

NRCS helps America's farmers, ranchers and forest landowners conserve the nation's soil, water, air and other natural resources by providing financial and technical assistance, tools, and other resources. Programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.