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There are two libraries at the U.S. Air Force Academy that support faculty, staff, cadets, and other patrons. The McDermott Library is in the cadet area with limited access. The base library is available to the base community and services the Preparatory School. See below for hours, locations and more.

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The McDermott Library, located in the cadet area, provides collegiate and professional-level reference, research and reading collections that support the academic and mission needs of the Academy. The Clark Special Collections, located on the 6th floor, houses a wealth of historical materials related to manned flight, air warfare, falconry, and the U.S. Air Force. McDermott Library’s online system provides access to the library catalog as well as to thousands of electronic resources.

Note: For security reasons, access to this library is restricted to Academy cadets, faculty and staff. To arrange an escorted visit, contact the Administrative Offices, listed below.


McDermott Library
2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 3A10
United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840

Administrative Offices
(719) 333-2590

Reference / Information
(719) 333-4406


Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am to 10:30 pm
Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, closed
Sunday, 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm


The Base Library, located in the Community Center, supports the Preparatory School and provides services and resources for Academy staff and their families, including audio books, children’s story time, computers, reading materials and more.

Base Library
5136 Redtail Drive, Suite H103
United States Air Force Academy, CO 80840
(719) 333-4665


Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, closed
Closed on Federal Holidays