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

LocationRemsen Building, Lobby Level – Room 1D58
400 Dulany Street
Alexandria, Virginia
AccessOpen to Public
HoursMonday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and federal holidays.
Telephone(571) 272-3547
(571) 272-3548
Facsimile(571) 273-0225
ServicesSTIC 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 Information Access (FPIAS) workstations: 

  • Australian Patent Office
  • Canadian Patent Office
  • European Patent Office
  • German Patent Office
  • Japanese Patent Office

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 via FPIAS Workstations:

  •  $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.