Transportation Library

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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 refer to our brochure.


NEW AND NOTABLE: We are delighted to inform you that NUtranlit, a new more powerful discovery tool will replace the Transportation Article database (TRANweb) in late January 2015. The migration to this new platform also means that NUcat - the Library's catalog- will be replaced by NUsearch, a new discovery guide.

In order to provide better service to our researchers, the Transportation Library developed a new search interface to allow targeted searching of all of our Library's special collections (NUtranlit, EIS collection) as well as all of NU library collections.

Although not yet fully operational, you can get a preview of these exciting new search tools at

We will notify you of a demonstration of the new interface in late winter quarter.

In the meantime, we welcome your comments or questions at