Library

Services the library offers

  • Historic NFPA codes and standards 
  • On-site services
  • Research assistance
  • Reference
  • Interlibrary loan and member affiliations
  • NFPA Fire Investigation reports
  • Out of print NFPA books and pamphlets
  • NFPA resource links

Learn more about all of these services.

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Books at the Charles S. Morgan library

The NFPA Library staff maintains the Archives of the National Fire Protection Association and supports the information and research needs of the organization. Located in the NFPA headquarters in Quincy, Massachusetts, the Library was established in 1945, and was later named after Charles S. Morgan, a former President of NFPA. The Charles S. Morgan Technical Library collection represents one of the largest fire science collections in the world.

The Library's collection reflects the interests and activities of members, NFPA committees and staff. Resource materials collected from national and international sources include more than 20,000 books and reports, 200 periodical titles, incident files related to key moments in fire safety history and educational media such as curricula, videos, games and brochures. The archives also include NFPA documents and artifacts dating from the Association's founding in 1896 and tracing its history through to the present.

Looking for something in particular?

Search the library catalog.

Contact the library

The NFPA library is open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (EST). Although no appointment is necessary, it is advisable to pre-arrange a visit if traveling from out-of-state. Materials are not available for loan except through participating Interlibrary Loan networks.

Charles S. Morgan Technical Library
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169-7471
Telephone: +1 617 984-7445
Fax: +1 617 984-7060
E-mail: library@nfpa.org

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