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.



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.