National Emergency Training Center Library

Operated by the U.S. Fire Administration

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Working to bring knowledge to practice

The National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Library provides information and resources on fire, emergency management and other all-hazards subjects. With our collection of more than 208,000 books, reports, audiovisual materials and indexed articles, the library supports National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute student and faculty research, classroom lectures, and development of course materials.

Learn more about the library.

We are OPEN

Due to COVID-19, library hours have changed, but we are open for business. We are processing interlibrary loans, answering reference questions and adding to our collection.

Library hours (ET)

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: Noon – 4 p.m.

  • 301-447-1030
  • 800-638-1821
  • 301-447-3217 (fax)


Research guide

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This guide is designed to help researchers, students, practitioners and the general public find materials on the ongoing COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the NETC Library and on other recommended websites.

Start your COVID-19 research

Featured collections

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COVID-19 is also known as SARS-CoV-2.

New to our collection

Explore our newest books

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present
Fire in Paradise: an American tragedy
Firefighter Manual: All Roles and Skills
Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times
Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Emergency Services: Emerging Tools and Technologies for First Responders
Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back
Streetsense: Communication, Safety, and Control
Three Seconds Until Midnight

All-hazards articles alert November 2020

A digest of citations to recently published first responder articles from scholarly, professional and trade journals.

Explore first responder articles

Special collections

Executive Fire Officer Applied Research Projects

Executive Fire Officer Applied Research Projects

Research by senior officers addressing today’s leading fire service issues.

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Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants

A collection of research studies and public education materials created under the FP&S Grant program.

Emergency Management Institute

Emergency Management Institute student papers

Research papers and capstone projects published by Emergency Management Institute students.

Dissertations and theses


A collection of first responder works published by colleges and universities.

Prevention and public education exchange

The Exchange

A portal to fire prevention and life safety materials.

Other libraries and research resources