North Dakota Geological Survey


Core library

Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The North Dakota Geological Survey's Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library is located on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The climate controlled facility consists of 2,000 square feet of office and laboratory space and 13,200 square feet of core storage. It currently houses approximately 70 miles of cores and 34,000 boxes of drill cuttings. The cores represent about 75% of the cores cut in the North Dakota portion of the Williston Basin and about 95% of the samples collected. The facility also houses an extensive collection of water-well samples and cores.

Policy and Procedures

The collection may be viewed in-house upon request.  It is requested that the user call in advance.  This is necessary because table space is limited.  It also ensures the availability of the requested cores and samples.  Use of the facility is free of charge.

The facility provides table space, black light box, petrographic and binocular microscopes, and a digital camera system.  Users are responsible for laying out the core and returning it to the pallet when finished.  Sampling is conducted by core library staff with the permission of the director and is dependent upon the condition of the core. The library attempts to archive at least one continuous face.  In an effort to avoid duplication and preserve the remaining core, all thin sections or special analyses made from the State's collection must be returned to the library.

Ready access to samples and well information is provided through the state oil and gas database. A set of well file and well logs on microfiche and microfilm, and petroleum scout cards, are also available for use.



Digital Core Photo of the Middle Bakken member from the core photo database Digital thin section image of the Middle Bakken member from the thin section database


Visiting Information

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North Dakota Geological Survey
Wilson M. Laird Core & Sample Survey

2835 Campus Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8156

P: (701) 777-2231

Core Library


Other Information

A computerized listing of all or part of the collection in the core and sample library is available online as part of the NDIC Oil and Gas Division Subscription Service.

For more information contact:
Richard Suggs
P: (701) 328-8020