About the Collection

About the Collection

Physical Library Collection

The library offers a vast collection of books, reports, CDs, and DVDs covering topics such as residential and commercial real estate, sales and marketing, property management, appraisal, construction, land use and planning, association management, and technology, in addition to general business sources. The library carries active journal subscriptions in print format, including journals from many state and local real estate associations. Most of the physical library collection can be borrowed by REALTOR® University students for two weeks. These materials and those from the library’s digital collections are accessible through the web-based library catalog.

Virtual Library Collection

The virtual library offers students, faculty, and staff access to thousands of business, academic, and general interest journals (most in full-text format) through EBSCO. EBSCO allows end-users to browse, search, and retrieve articles with robust print, email, news alert, and RSS options.

The REALTOR® University digital library is an award-winning collection of ebooks, audio books, and videos in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, sales and marketing, property management, appraisal, construction, land use and planning, association management, technology, and personal growth. Titles in this growing collection are available in PDF, EPUB, and audio and video formats. Digital books and videos are downloaded for periods ranging between 7 and 21 days and automatically expire when the lending period ends.

A variety of other tools are utilized by library staff to answer questions that cannot be answered using sources such as EBSCO. In these cases, the librarians turn to sources such as Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, and Dialog to perform in-depth research on behalf of the member, association staff person, REALTOR® University student, or faculty. In cases where resources being requested are not held by the library, the library will either acquire new holdings (as budget permits) or provide bibliographic information to the requester for interlibrary loan. Other virtual resources include a video collection which offers a variety of tutorials on library resources such as EBSCO, ebooks, and Association programs, and a blog which alerts library users to new information sources, facts, trends, and technologies.

NAR Archives

The NAR historical archives dates back to the late-1800s and includes 1,750 linear feet of physical material and over 500,000 digitized pages and images. In addition to information on the National Association, the collection covers the history of state and local boards, NAR’s affiliates, societies, institutes, and councils and spinoff organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, ARELLO, National Association of Home Builders, and the Appraisal Institute.  
Selections of our archives are available in the Realtor.org Archives. Contact us for assistance with the archives, or find more information about the archives here.