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  • The National Safety Council Library is Celebrating 100 Years

    ​The library serves as a national and international clearinghouse of information about safety on the road, at work, at home and in the community.

  • The NSC Library in 1918, when NSC was housed on LaSalle Street in Chicago.​

    ​In 1913, people asking to use the National Safety Council Library would have been directed to single drawer in a file cabinet. From this small assortment of papers, clippings and pamphlets, the NSC Library has grown into one of the most comprehensive safety collections in the world.

    Throughout its history, the Library has helped users keep up with an ever-changing body of safety knowledge. Current documents focus on emerging safety issues, new regulations and the latest research, as well as practical how-to advice. Older documents offer a historical perspective on safety, explaining how our understanding of the issues has developed.

    Since 1915, the Library has had a staff of degreed librarians available to assist users with targeted searching based on their specific questions. The Library offers a number of services to help safety professionals stay up to date.

  • The NSC Library Today

    The NSC Library has more than 174,000 books, research reports and articles, covering a wide range of topics, including:

    • Safety Management
    • Compliance and Regulations
    • Training
    • Statistics
    • Best Practices
    • Archived Materials (dating back to the early 1900s)
    • ​NSC Congress Transactions, 1912-1978


    Members can access the collection for free; nonmembers can access the collection for a fee.

  • ​The National Safety Council Library is the most comprehensive resource for information about safety at work, at home and on the road. Recognized by government agencies, universities and research organizations, the NSC Library is a crucial source for safety information.

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  • Contact Information

    ​Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. CT
    Phone: (630) 775-2199
    1121 Spring Lake Drive
    Itasca, IL 60143-3201
  • Library Resources for Members

    ​​Member-exclusive content at your fingertips. 


More Resources for Members

NSC members get access to the Library Catalog, as well as:

  • Ask the Library, Archived Materials: A compilation of frequently requested topics
  • Library Alerts: A monthly listing of selected recent library acquisitions
  • Supplemental Reading for NSC Webinars

Membership with the National Safety Council also offers many other benefits. Learn more.

  • Need Additional Help?

    ​The NSC Library also provides referrals to experts for specialized information and assistance in locating Internet resources.

National Safety Council Mission

The National Safety Council eliminates preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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