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 electronic resource
Sage Handbook of Regression Analysis & Causal Inference

The editors of the new SAGE Handbook of Regression Analysis and Causal Inference have assembled a wide-ranging, high-quality, and timely collection of articles on topics of central importance to quantitative social research, many written by leaders in the field.
 – Publisher

New electronic resource
Journal of Calfornia Law Enforcement

Published quarterly by the California Peace Officers’ Association, the Journal of California Law Enforcement contains technical and scholarly articles on timely subjects written by professionals from the law enforcement, judicial and educational fields.
 – Publisher

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.