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The Transportation Library was founded in 1958 to support the curricula and research programs of the Transportation Center and the Center for Public Safety of Northwestern University, including the School of Police Staff and Command.

Containing over 500,000 items, the Transportation Library of Northwestern University is one of the largest transportation information centers in the world, encompassing information on all transportation modalities, including: air, rail, highway, pipeline, water, urban transport and logistics. It includes a significant collection on law enforcement, police management and traffic enforcement. Its collection of environmental impact statements is one of the most complete in the world.

The Transportation Library's staff produce NUTranLit, a web based periodical index of transportation and law enforcement articles and conference proceedings.

Consult our collection information to find Transportation material.

Researchers from around the world, in the fields of transportation, law enforcement and environmental impact assessment are encouraged to use the Transportation Library in accordance with our policies and procedures.

For more information on the Transportation Library, please email or call the reference desk at 847-491-5273.

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Environmental Impact Statements in the Transportation Library collection now available as full-text
The Transportation Library is extremely happy to announce that as of Tuesday, April 12th, over 33K Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) reports previously digitized from our collection by Google are now available in FULL TEXT through the HathiTrust. Full text access is available to all single and multi-volume titles as well as to all parts. To view and access all the titles you can follow this link:;q1=%22environmental%20impact%20statement%22;a=srchls;lmt=ft&facet=htsource:%22Northwestern%20University%22.

This is a monumental step for Northwestern Libraries, however there is still work to do. In the coming days we will be working to provide full access to these volumes through TRAN’s Primo view (NUTran) and NUsearch and with Google in order to have these titles also available in full text through Google Books.

Please note that not all of TRAN’s EIS titles were digitized by Google and that all hard copy titles are still available in the library and through interlibrary loan. It is also important to note that due to physical limitations in the scanning bed used by Google, they were unable to digitize oversized materials within the volumes such as maps, foldouts, etc.

Please feel free to share this within your research community.

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The Transportation Library is pleased to announce our new Twitter and Instagram accounts. We are developing new opportunities to connect with Northwestern University students and faculty as well as the transportation community worldwide. Those interested in following us on social media can look forward to regular updates on library activities and transportation news, as well as a showcase for our unique and varied collections.