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Hazmat Resources: IFSI Home

Quick Reference Resources

The Tox Town Chemicals and Contaminants Glossary lists common hazardous chemicals and contaminants, as well as their possible health effects and how to reduce exposure. It is provided through the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

IFSI Library Lending Policies

Local Lending (Illinois Residents Only)

  • The checkout period is 4 weeks.
  • Extensions are considered individually.
  • Pick up requested materials at the library circulation desk.
  • Bring your photo ID to set up a lending account.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • The checkout period is 6 weeks.
  • IFSI can send materials directly to your local public library through Interlibrary Loan.
  • You must have a public library card.
  • It may take up to two weeks for items to arrive.

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The Illinois Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths Digital Image Collection Database provides online access to digitized photographs and records, historical summaries, and oral history interviews that document the ultimate sacrifice of more than 800 Illinois firefighters over the past 150 years.  Digital access to this history memorializes the firefighters, increases awareness of their sacrifice, and supplies contemporary firefighters with valuable lessons learned from the various deaths.


Created by the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (IFSI), this Libguide is designed to help firefighters, first responders, and EMTs learn how to use hazardous materials e-resources.  This guide provides useful search tips as well as information regarding the different sources. If you have questions or trouble using any of the resources listed, please contact the IFSI library at or by calling 217-333-8925. We appreciate your feedback so we can provide information that best fits the needs of our users.

Using IFSI

Illinois Fire Service Institute Library

Accessing IFSI Library Materials

The IFSI Library houses more than 65,000 items, including books, periodicals, manuals, codes and standards, DVDs, CDs, e-resources, audiobooks and other fire emergency resources. Users can request materials in-person, via telephone or email, or through the Online Public Access Catalog at the library website.

 Searching the Library’s Collection

Browse by popular subject using the Virtual Bookshelf, which is linked from the IFSI Library’s homepage or accessed at

  • Click on a hyperlinked subject term to retrieve a list of IFSI Library materials on that subject.
  • From the list of results, click on the title of an item to retrieve a Record Details window containing additional information about that item, such as subject, format, publication year, and availability for interlibrary loan.
  • Click on the book icon next to an item to add that item to your Request Bin, which is accessible in the upper left hand corner of the webpage.
  • Click on the Checkout button in the Request Bin to request that item.

Search for a specific item, author, subject or format using the IFSI Library’s Online Public Access Catalog at

  • Search for materials by title, subject or author. You may limit your search to one or more formats (i.e. Book, Article, DVD, etc.).
  • Search for a specific SUBJECT by accessing the FireTalk thesaurus to find recommended search terms. Copy the recommended term(s) you find in FireTalk into the Subjects field.
  • Search the ANY KEYWORD field when you have incomplete title or author information or when you do not know the recommended subject search terms.  The Any Keyword field searches for words anywhere in the catalog record.
  • To narrow your search parameters, combine search terms from among multiple fields. For example, a Subjects search for “rapid intervention teams” can be narrowed by typing “training” into the Any Keyword field.

Popular HazMat Subject Headings

Using popular subject headings is an efficient way of finding exploring IFSI resources and finding what you need. Using the library's Virtual Bookshelf, users can search HazMat headings (below) and view related physical and digital items in our catalog.

Heading results will include an item's title and author as well as any applicable copyright and URL information. Clicking on a record title will provide more information about a particular item, including further subject description, format, and availability.

IFSI Library Information

Library Hours:

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday - Friday

Special operating hours may be held during events.

IFSI Library Website


IFSI Library Staff:

Lian Ruan, Head Librarian:

Diane Richardson, Reference & User Training Librarian:

David Ehrenhart, Archivist and Metadata Librarian:

Journal Articles

Access to magazines and journals is available to Illinois firefighters, fire departments, and other patrons at no charge.  Photocopied articles from periodicals can be delivered to patrons via password-protected Internet access or interlibrary loan.

The library’s fire and emergency periodicals include

  • Fire Engineering
  • Fire Chief
  • Firehouse
  • EMS Magazine
  • Fire & Arson Investigator
  • Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment
  • Fire Findings
  • Fire Magazine
  • FireRescue
  • Industrial Fire World
  • International Journal of Emergency Mental Health
  • NFPA Journal and
  • WNYF: With New York Firefighters

Other current periodicals available at the library include

  • Counterterrorism
  • Evidence Technology Magazine
  • Homeland Security Today
  • Occupational Health and Safety Magazine
  • Sprinkler Age and 
  • Training

Libguide created by Amanda Melchor and Olivia Petersen