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Law Enforcement: Resources for Off-Campus Students

Transportation Library General Information

Reference staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For answers to general questions, contact our Reference Desk at 847-491-5273 or

Library Services for SPSC Students

  • Research consultations with librarians via phone or email
  • Chat reference services 
  • Loans of books and scans of articles via Interlibrary Loan

Citing sources

Distance Students: Start Here

The following videos provide an introduction to the library and its services for distance students in the SPSC program. Students participating in the on-campus sessions at Northwestern may also find them useful for overviews of searching the catalog, using IACP Net, and better understanding our collections and how we can help with staff study research.

For an overview of the library, our collections, and services for distance students, please see the library introduction video below.

For an introduction to searching our catalog and finding resources at Northwestern University's Transportation Library, please see the catalog search introduction below.

For an introduction to research resources in IACP Net, please see the video below.

Article and Book Delivery

Students who are enrolled in off-campus SPSC courses have access to Northwestern University Libraries’ collection of over 5 million materials through Interlibrary Loan. Email with a complete citation for your request.

Provide your name, contact information, and SPSC affiliation and course number when submitting your request.  

The ILL process may take several days, since requests are filled manually. Please take this into account when planning for your staff study.


Step-by-Step Instructions for Requesting Materials

When you’ve found an article or book in the NU catalog, click on the email icon to the right of the title, and enter your email address when prompted to email the bibliographic information to yourself.

Forward that email to the Interlibrary Loan department at Northwestern: Be sure to include your SPSC affiliation, class number, and location. This is important so that ILL staff know that you are affiliated with Northwestern.

ILL staff will manually scan the article for you and email it to you as a .pdf attachment; books will be sent via UPS.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Interlibrary Loan department at, or to Public Services Librarian Rachel Cole at

Access Full-Text Articles and Books

You can limit your search to items that are available to you full-text by clicking on Full Text Online, shown in the left panel of the results page.

If you find books or articles that you need but that you're unable to access online, contact our Interlibrary Loan department for loans of books and scans of articles.