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:

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.

New electronic resource
ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering

The journal will meet the needs of the researchers and engineers to address risk, disaster and failure-related challenges due to many sources and types of uncertainty in planning, design, analysis, construction, manufacturing, operation, utilization, and life-cycle management of existing and new engineering systems.  – Publisher

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 trans@northwestern.edu for assistance.