Local Lending (Illinois Residents Only)
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
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
Other current periodicals available at the library include
The resources listed in this guide are useful for those looking for information regarding the history and traditions of the fire service in the United States, information on the histories of specific fire departments, and IFSI history. The guide is specifically targeted for those in the fire service and first responders, but can also be useful for anyone who wants to research and learn more about the origins and history of the fire service.
Browse topic-specific tabs for books in our catalog, free web resources, and other information relevant to Fire Service History.
Use this IFSI Home tab to find more information about the IFSI library and requesting materials.
This guide provides useful search tips as well as information regarding different sources. If you have questions or trouble using any of the resources listed, please contact the IFSI library at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-333-8925. We appreciate your feedback so we can provide information that best fits the needs of our users.
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 Fire Service History 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.
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.
Search for a specific item, author, subject or format using the IFSI Library’s Online Public Access Catalog.
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