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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 electronic resource
International Journal of Sustainable Aviation

IJSA handles a broad range of aviation-related issues with particular emphasis on environmental problems associated with sustainability. Aviation is cited as one of the major sources of noise and air pollution and considered a prominent cause of global warming. – Publisher

Transportation Library Document Delivery Service merging with University ILL

Due to a Northwestern University Library reorganization, as of July 15, 2015, the Transportation Library (TRAN) Document Delivery Services will merge with the University Library ILL unit. As part of this merger, the University Library ILL unit will now manage all TRAN ILL functions.

We assure you that the University Library ILL unit (OCLC symbol INU) is committed to continue providing the same level of service currently available, as well as honoring all consortial agreements currently in place with the transportation community.

As part of this merger, our OCLC symbol (JCR) will disappear and TRAN will stop providing loans as of July 13.

We will be updating our policies and contact information in our webpages and systems to reflect our new lending symbol (INU) between now and July 15. Please make note of the new symbol (INU) and starting date (July 15) on your calendar. The University Library ILL policies are posted on the web at, and are available within the OCLC Policies Directory.

Northwestern University wants to remain an asset to the transportation information community and we are confident that our planning will make this a smooth transition. Nevertheless, if you feel we are not fulfilling your needs or if you have any comments, please feel free to contact Roberto Sarmiento directly.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

Retirement Announcement: Mary Kay Geary

Please join me in extending best wishes to Mary Kay Geary, who retired from the Library on April 29 after 15 years of service.
Kay came to the Transportation Library to do something she loved and was good at: reference assistance. Whether it was a massive research project for a Transportation Center faculty member, searching for unique data for a Kellogg student or helping two little old ladies from the South Side looking for information to fight the CTA, Kay performed outstanding work to satisfy the information needs of anyone who contacted TRAN.
Kay enjoyed providing instruction classes and was well regarded by police officers from across the nation who attended her BI class throughout the years. She was also a yearly invited lecturer to an environmental science class to present on the environmental impact statements collection and relished all opportunities to introduce graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and the public to NUcat and the Transportation Article Database.
She was the principle curator for two exhibits: Choices: Alternative Cars, Alternative Fuels and Chicago, That Toddlin’Town: The History of Transportation in the City and  a significant contributor to the online exhibit O'Hare@50. As well as the project manager for the CARLI-funded digitization project Chicago Region Digital Transportation Collection.
Additionally, she was active within the national and regional transportation information communities serving in many capacities in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Transportation Division and the Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network (MTKN.)
Finally, we thank Kay for her years of service and her unwavering support of the Transportation Library.


The Transportation Library is delighted to introduce NUtran, our new library discovery system. NUtran gives researchers the ability to search all of the Transportation Library’s holdings or subsets of its holdings such as journal articles and environmental impact statements (EIS), as well as the ability to further refine search results. In addition, you can search the entire University Library holdings through the NUsearch tab. Please note that NUsearch replaces NUcat (our old library catalog) while NUtran incorporates the former TRANweb journal article index and all our books, journals, electronic resources and other materials.

Don’t hesitate to ask us for assistance! We’re happy to schedule an appointment at your office or you can stop by the Transportation Library’s reference desk. You can also email us at for assistance.