Policies and Services
Founded in 1923, the National Association of REALTORS® Library offers a variety of research services and thousands of print and digital resources for use by NAR members and state and local association staff.
Topics covered include residential and commercial real estate, sales and marketing, property management, appraisal, land use and development, association management, finance and economics, technology, general business, personal growth, and more in a variety of formats:
- 3,500+ digital books, audiobooks, and videos
- 6,000+ journals in digital format through ProQuest®
- 12,000+ books, reports, and guides in print format
- 150+ journals in print format
- 500,000+ historical documents and images from the National Association of REALTORS® historical archives
The library offers the following services to NAR members and staff of REALTOR® associations and boards:
- Quick reference
- Custom research services
- Literature searches
- Custom bibliographies
- Digital book downloads
- Library materials loan
- Board history research
- User instruction
Awareness of the Library and the support it provides members of the REALTOR® family is of the utmost importance to us. Please let us know what we can do to support you in your professional success.
Your Library account
Everyone is welcome to search the Library Catalog, but only REALTORS® and association staff may borrow materials from the collection. Don’t have a Library username and password? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free Library account.
Borrowing materials from our print collection
To check out print materials, login to our Library Catalog to place a hold on the item(s) you wish to check out. A librarian will contact you within one business day to obtain a mailing address and discuss shipping options and fees.
For a $10 service fee, NAR members may check out up to three items at a time for a 30-day period, with the option to renew if no other members have placed a hold request for the items. The $10 fee is waived for state and local association staff.
Video tutorials about using the Library catalog
Borrowing materials from our eBooks collection
To check out electronic and audio books or reports from our eBooks collection, login to our eBooks site with your NRDS ID. Be sure to select “National Association of REALTORS®” as your primary library in the drop-down menu on the sign-in page.
Check out up to six items at a time. Many items can be borrowed for up to 21 days—lending periods can be customized in your eBooks Account after signing in. Audiobooks cannot be returned early, but Adobe ePub and PDF books can. To return a book early, open Adobe Digital Editions, and while in the library view, click the arrow to the left of the item you wish to return and select Return Borrowed Item.
Visit the eBooks help page for assistance in using the eBooks collection.
Requesting articles and accessing ProQuest
NAR members may request to receive articles from any of the 150+ journals, newsletters, and magazines in the Library’s print collection. Request up to eight articles for a $10 service fee; $0.25 per page thereafter. Contact us by email, text, webchat, Skype or call 800-874-6500 to request an article. Please provide as much detail as possible (title, author, source, date, etc.).
NAR also provides members with free access to ProQuest, a database of hundreds of business journals, newsletters, and other periodicals. Sign into ProQuest using NAR’s password, then search for a topic, find a specific article, or browse issues of a publication. Create a My Research account to save articles, set up email alerts and RSS feeds, and other customized features. Contact the Library by email, text, webchat, Skype or call 800-874-6500 for assistance in accessing ProQuest.
Quick reference service is available to members for free. Answers to quick reference requests may include statistical data, links to online resources, or other material, usually within a turnaround time of 30 minutes or less.
For more in-depth research needs, the NAR Library staff offers a custom research service. The service is $10 for a normal turnaround time of two to four business days. Rush research service is also available for $25, with a turnaround time of two business days.
Contact us to discuss your research request.