Oil Information Library of Fort Worth
Where Research Meets Prospects


          Oil Information Library of      Fort Worth

    Where Research Meets Prospects  

Geological Research and the Oil Information Library of Fort Worth, Texas

Welcome to the Oil Information Library of Fort Worth. (OIL-FW)  The library was founded in 1985, to encourage, foster, and promote scientific research in the fields of geological science and engineering.   The library is founded in extensive collections of scout cards, electric logs and driller's logs, as well as texts, treatises, field guides, and periodicals, many of which have been "buried" as data sources have merged and publications have gone digital.   This library is a non-profit 501C3; here to serve the needs of the Oil and Gas community.  With reciprocal agreements with numerous additional libraries, your data is at our fingertips.

We have extensive historical collections of scout cards, driller’s logs, electric logs, core reports and maps for Texas RRC districts 5, 6, 7B, 7C, 8, 8A, 9 and 10.  There is also coverage for districts 1 through  4.  

We have excellent data in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Wyoming historical scout ticket coverage.  New Collections and Data are always coming in.   

Come check out historic John Wilson scout reports, UPR-Champlin collection, Jerry Stokes collection, Range Resources Oklahoma scout cards.   The key to your next prospect can be right here...drilling breaks, live oil reports, jeep and odor. 

We provide free-of-charge, password protected WIFI for our members and guests. You are allowed to bring in laptops to work on, and there are also electrical outlets available to use, with work desks and cubicles. 
The Oil Information Library is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Our holiday schedule is also listed. In the case of inclement weather, please refer to the Fort Worth ISD closings schedule. If the Fort Worth Independent School District is closed, the Oil Information Library will be closed as well. 

Day Rates, Membership and Research Rates:  No membership, no problem: We charge a day use fee and charge for copying data.  We have monthly and annual Membership opportunities.  Call for rates.  Our Librarian Kathryn Canty is also available for Contract Research. Call for information.

Donations: The Oil Information Library accepts geological materials such as scout tickets, maps, logs, microfiche, driller's logs, mud logs, and sample logs for the entire states of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana, and other areas are considered.   We also take various geological equipment. If you have a question about donation, please feel free to call our librarian.  As a 501C3, Oil Library can provide you with a thank you letter detailing your donation. However, we can not legally put a financial amount on your donation. We also accept monetary donations. 

Make Your Donation Work for You:  A $75.00 donation provides you with a full up day membership to the Library.   Come in and browse and research your area(s) of interest.  If you join at a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription, your $75.00 can be put toward that membership.  Please contact Librarian Kathryn Canty for Donations and Membership.  Less than $75?  No matter what, come in; see what's here and helpful to your research, and next prospect.  

Host your Next Meeting with Us:  Need a space for an informational gathering, or presentation.  Consider OIL, conveniently located in downtown Ft. Worth.   



500 W 7th St.   #LL150

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Basement of First on 7th Building (Old Bank of America)



Kathryn Canty: Librarian and Research Consultant


Reciprocal Library Use Agreements:  If we do not have your data, we have research reciprocity at the following libraries:

Balcones Geological Library- San Antonio       Denver Earth Resources Library        Midland Energy Library and Subsurface Library of Midland        

Oil Information Library of Wichita Falls Mid-Continent Geological Library

 General Coverage and Data

Scout Cards and Tickets

Extensive historical collection of scout cards, Texas RRC districts 5, 6, 7B, 7C, 8, 8A, 9 and 10.

Excellent Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Wyoming historical scout ticket coverage. 


Historic Lease Ownership Map Coverage

Heydrick, Midland Map and Tobin

Historic Surface Maps

And More


Electric Logs  (Microfiche and Scanned)

Core Area ( RRCD's 7B, 7C, 8, 8A, and 9: Se New Mexico) Complete through mid 1990's

RRCD's 5  and 6 partial Coverage

RRCD's 1,2,3,4 and 10 Partial Coverage

Texts and Publications

Marshall R Young Reading Library


BEG cores/cutting list to 2000

Statewide Texas Geological Society Publications

Riley's Locator Index through mid 1990's

Rw and Log Evaluation Publications

Driller's Logs

Hollingsworth Paleo Reports

Mud Log Collections

Bess Mason Drillers Logs - Texas                                                                                                                  

Unique Scout and Data Collections

John Wilson Collection -  Texas - hand written Notes and Scout Reports 1920s - 1980s

UPR Champlin Texas and Oklahoma Scout Reports - 1930s to 1990s

Range Resources Oklahoma Scout Card Collection

Jerry Stokes Collection - Texas and Oklahoma Scout tickets

More Collections coming in all the time


Contact Us for Questions and Inquiries

 All Communication is considered Confidential

Kathryn Canty:  Librarian            817.332.4977             oilfw@swbell.net

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