Transportation Libraries and Information Centers

NAME:Northwestern University Transportation Library


Date of Last Update:

Name of library or information center:
Northwestern University Transportation Library

Name of parent organization (if applicable):
Northwestern University

Title of person to which library or information center director reports:
Special Libraries Division

Is your information center a member of a Transportation Knowledge Network?:

Do you provide access to your information collection to the general public (either on-site or on-line, with or without a fee)?:

Describe any special conditions for accessing your resources or services (e.g. by appointment, affiliations required):
The University Library has restricted access hours after 5:00 PM Mon- FRI , and after 12 noon on SAT and SUN. Users need to declare intention to use the Transportation Library to obtain access to the building.

Provide a description of your information collection:
One of the largest transportation libraries in the world, the Northwestern University Transportation Library has collections on transportation, law enforcement and police management, and environmental impact statements (EIS).? The transportation collection emphasizes current socioeconomic aspects, particularly management, operations, finance, planning, regulation and safety. ?All transportation modes--air, rail, water, highway, and pipeline--are represented; both U.S. and international publications are collected. ?Other aspects, such as technology and history, are covered selectively.? The law enforcement collection focuses on police administration and training, and traffic law enforcement. The environmental impact statement collection (ca. 52,000 volumes) include most paper copies of EIS's prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.? All these resources support education and research programs for Northwestern?s Transportation Center, Center for Public Safety, Infrastructure Technology Institute, faculty and students, as well as, the national and worldwide transportation and law enforcement research communities.

What are the particular subject strengths of your collection?:
Collection depth in transportation topics (all modes); environmental impact statements; transportation companies annual reports. One of the Transportation Library?s most valuable resources is TRANweb, an on-line periodical index created and maintained by the library?s staff. TRANweb contains bibliographic and location information for over 300,000 items including magazine articles, conference papers, and other material on transportation and law enforcement topics. Coverage in the online file generally extends back to 1976. This periodical index is accessible at: <>.

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Special notes or comments about your library or information center:

Contact Information

Name of Primary Contact:
Roberto A. Sarmiento


1970 Campus Dr. ,





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Do you provide online training courses?: No

Do you provide onsite training courses?:

Do you maintain a knowledge base of lessons learned or best practices?: No

Do you maintain a directory of experts or provide referrals to experts as part of your services?:No

Are any of your training materials catalogued into OCLC?: No

If you are affiliated with a library, please provide its name:

What types of data sets do you provide?:

What export formats do you offer?:

What types of metadata do you provide to help users locate or interpret data sets?:

Organization Type:Academic/Research Institution

Detailed Collection Information:

Please estimate the number of items in your information collection:


Journal, magazine and newspaper titles (print or digital, current or discontinued):

Printed technical reports, plans, manuals, standards:

Digital documents (e.g. PDF's or e-books):

Microfiche/microfilm items:

Photographs or image files:

Videotapes and CDs:

Other items (e.g. schedules, maps, drawings, etc.):

Does your staff have access to commercial (for fee) information databases – either directly or through your parent organization?:

Do you offer your patrons access to commercial (for fee) information databases – either remotely or within your library?:

Please list the major commercial information databases to which your library subscribes.:
The TRAN Article File, our locally-produced transportation and law enforcement journal article/conference index. Thousands of other electronic resources available through Northwestern University Library

Library Services and Affiliations

In what year was the library first established?:

What days and hours are library services provided?:
Staff assistance: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, M-F. Hours of access: 8:30 AM - 11:45PM, Mon-Sat, 12:00-11:45 PM, Sun.

If your library produces an online newsletter or other form of outreach publication, please provide a link or enter the name of the publication.:

OCLC Code (if applicable):

What percentage of your collection is cataloged in OCLC with your library’s symbol?:

With which OCLC Groups is your library affiliated?:
ILLINET; MTKN; and the CIC, thru the University Library

Please list names of other library consortia or networks to which your library belongs:

Do you offer interlibrary loans?:

Do you lend through OCLC?:

What is your lending policy (briefly describe or provide a link)?:

What fees do you charge for lending?:

What fees do you charge for supplying photocopies?:

What fees do you charge for research or other services?:

Library Resources and Facilities

What is your library’s approximate annual budget – excluding staffing and facilities costs?:
$100,000 or above

What is your library’s primary funding source?:
79,5% University Funding, 13% Endowments, 7.5% Grants

Does your library have access to conference/meeting space?:

Do you offer use of computers with internet access to your users?:

Do you have access to digitization and OCR hardware/software?:

What specialized software do you have access to? (e.g. web publishing, desktop publishing, multimedia):

Special Collections

Please list any special collections that you maintain

Annual reports of carriers, from the 1800's to the present

American Society of Transportation & Logistics depository (2300 papers)

H.H. Copeland maps produced 1930-1950 showing railroad traffic density and financial information

Catalogs: Please list any online catalogs that you maintain:


Catalog Name:
Endeavor Information System (Voyager)

Catalog Type:
General Integrated Library System (ILS)

Name of software used for catalog (enter “none”, ‘home grown”, or name of commercial package):
Endeavor Information System (Voyager)

Is your catalog accessible outside of your organization?:

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Staff person name :
Roberto A. Sarmiento

Staff person title:
Head Librarian

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Full or Part Time:
Full Time



Collection Development




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