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NFPA Research Library and Archives

The NFPA Research Library & Archives houses artifacts, images, and resources on NFPA code development and Association history, fire research, fire prevention and suppression, life and building safety.

Contact the Library for research assistance or to review materials virtually or in person.

Directly explore the holdings through the NFPA Digital Archive or the Library Catalog.

Currently the content available to the public includes:

Please see the search tip sheet (PDF) for advanced search options of the NFPA Digital Archive.

Historic collections in process include:
  • Fire and Life Safety Events
  • Public Education materials
  • NFPA Videos and select images
  • Podcasts
The Library Catalog describes the 20,000+ items in the library which can be reviewed. Approximately 1,000 of the catalog records include the digitized full text, such as:
Contact the Library to research additional digitized content on your behalf:
  • NFPA codes in with related amending materials
  • Advanced reports and Proceedings
  • Formal interpretations
  • Tentative Interim Amendments, and Erratas
  • Standards Council Committee files
  • Yearbooks, Standard Directory, and more

The Library Research staff will access the library resources and archives to answer requests from members, staff and the public. We reserve the right to charge up to $150/hour for intensive research conducted for the public.


NFPA Research Library & Archives

National Fire Protection Association
1 Batterymarch Park
Quincy, MA 02169-7471
Telephone: 617 984-7445

Please adhere to NFPA’s End User License Agreement Digital Information.


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