Google Books Digitization Project Starts at NU Transportation Library

November 2010

Google Books and the Transportation Library have teamed up to digitize hundreds of thousands of print volumes from the Library's collections. Digitization will make the world-class collection more readily available to local, national, and worldwide scholars and researchers. The project began November 22, 2010 with the call number range A-HC. It is scheduled to continue for the next few years until all of the Transportation Library’s volumes are digitized.

Because of the scope and duration of the Google Books Digitization Project, books may occasionally be unavailable. It is possible that books sent for digitization may be off the shelves for up to 3 months. The following message will appear on the catalog record for books sent to Google: "At Google for digitization. May be available through Interlibrary Loan." Individuals seeking unavailable books should consult the web page Options if Book is at Google.

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The Transportation Library was founded in 1958 to support the curricula and research programs of the Transportation Center; the Center for Public Safety of Northwestern University, including the School of Police Staff and Command and the Infrastructure Technology Institute.

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 TRANweb, a web based periodical index of transportation and law enforcement articles and conference proceedings. 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 the Library’s brochure.