Scientific and Technical Information Center (STIC) Library Public Access Information


The Scientific and Technical Information Center is open to the public.

Scientific and Technical Information Center

Location Remsen Building, Lobby Level – Room 1D58
400 Dulany Street
Alexandria, Virginia
Access By Appointment Only
Hours Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and federal holidays.
Telephone (571) 272-3547
(571) 272-3548
Facsimile (571) 273-0225
Services STIC staff are available to assist users during open hours.

The collection consists of documents in electronic, print, and micro formats:

  • Foreign patents from 73 countries and patent issuing authorities.
  • Non–patent literature including a specialized collection of resources in the biological and chemical fields.
Electronic Access

Internet sites of the following patent granting authorities are accessible from Foreign Patent

Universal Public Workstations (UPWS) are also available:

  • Access the Web-Based Examiner Search Tool (WEST)
  • Access the Examiner Automated Search Tool (EAST)
  • Search full document text of U.S. patents issued since 1971
  • Search classification and OCR text for U.S. patents issued from 1920 to 1970
  • View or print U.S. patent images from 1970 to the present
  • Search STIC On Line Catalog (note: electronic resources found in the catalog are not accessible by public patrons)

U. S. Patents from UPWS:

  •  $0.25 per page, collected at the workstation via USPTO debit card
  • There is no fee to use the system

Foreign Patents:

  • Full text copies of foreign patents may be requested by telephone (571-272-3547) or fax (571-273-0025).
  • $25.00, payable by USPTO deposit account, money order, or major credit card


  •  $0.25 per page (print or microfilm), payable by USPTO debit card

Debit cards may be purchased at the cashier window near the Public Search Facility located in Madison East, Lobby level.