Transportation Libraries and Information Centers

NAME:National Railway Historical Society Library


Date of Last Update:

Name of library or information center:
National Railway Historical Society Library

Name of parent organization (if applicable):
National Railway Historical Society

Title of person to which library or information center director reports:
Greg Molloy, President

Is your information center a member of a Transportation Knowledge Network?:
Not a TKN Member

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):
Closed stacks; reference only

Provide a description of your information collection:
Primary focus is the history of North American railways. Maintain a small collection of selected books/publications on non-North American railway history.

What are the particular subject strengths of your collection?:
Public timetables, employee magazines, annual reports of railways, postcards of rail-related subjects, over 35 various railway-related periodicals, accident investigations reports.

# Professional Staff:

# Support Staff :

Special notes or comments about your library or information center:
Library is in storage presently due to the loss of the lease for the office. Relocation will be in the future but the location is not available at this time.

Contact Information

Name of Primary Contact:
Kristen Olszewski


100 N. 20th St, STE 400 ,





Mailing Address (if different):

Main phone:

Fax Number:

Main email:


Do you provide online training courses?:

Do you provide onsite training courses?:

Do you maintain a knowledge base of lessons learned or best practices?:

Do you maintain a directory of experts or provide referrals to experts as part of your services?:

Are any of your training materials catalogued into OCLC?:

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

What types of data sets do you provide?: Historical documents and books

What export formats do you offer?: None at this time

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

Organization Type:Other

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.:

Library Services and Affiliations

In what year was the library first established?:

What days and hours are library services provided?:
9:00 - 3:30, M-F

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?:

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)?:
Research only, no lending.

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?:
Volunteers do research on time available basis.

Library Resources and Facilities

What is your library’s approximate annual budget – excluding staffing and facilities costs?:

What is your library’s primary funding source?:
NRHS dues and donations

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

Complete archival set of National Railway Bulletin

Official Guide of Railways from the late 1800s to present

ICC Valuation Reports prepared in the 1920s

Catalogs: Please list any online catalogs that you maintain:


Catalog Name:
self-constructed system

Catalog Type:

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

Is your catalog accessible outside of your organization?:

Please provide a link to your catalog:

Staff person name :
Kristen Olszewski

Staff person title:
Account Manager

Staff person phone:

Staff person email:

Full or Part Time: