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FIREDOC is an online bibliographic database that contains a large collection of building and fire research materials from many sources. The database reflects the 80,000 holdings (published reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and audio/visual items) that have been collected by the Engineering Laboratory's Research Information Service.

Each reference has bibliographic information including the title, author, sponsor, journal, book or conference identification, report number, date, format, keywords, identifiers, and abstract. 



To obtain reference(s): Selected references must be obtained through local resources. If an order number from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) or the U.S. Government Printing Office is provided, the unclassified government publication(s) may be ordered directly. National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22162, Sales Department, 1-800-553-6847 or 703-605-6000, fax: 703-605-6900, email: orders [at] (orders[at]ntis[dot]gov). U.S. Government Printing Office, Mail Stop: IDCC, 732 North Capital Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20401, 202-512-1800 or 1-866-512-1800, fax: 202-512-2104.


Changes to the FireDoc Express Service Effective October 1, 2010

The Research Information Service (RIS) has been the primary source of fire science literature for the fire research community for nearly 40 years.  In an effort to ensure that we continue to deliver the most useful and comprehensive fire science literature database possible, the physical records in the library are being digitized.  We expect that digitization will enhance the availability of fire research records to stakeholders around the world. 

In concert with the digitization, we are contributing to the development of a new, online literature search tool.  This tool is being developed with partners from around the globe, including laboratories which produce research reports, industry, government agencies, and publishing houses.  The goal is to maximize the identification of relevant research and provide a mechanism to access the materials from the original sources.  The collaborative nature of the search tool will ensure that new research results will be available to the fire science community more quickly and more completely than in the past. 

A beta-version of the tool is currently available at:

As the current physical records will all be made available digitally, the FireDoc Express service is being discontinued, effective October 1, 2010.  Additionally, the physical collection will be managed by the main NIST Library location in Gaithersburg after January 1, 2011.

We fully expect that adoption of modern technologies and methods will allow us to deliver fire science research in a more comprehensive and satisfactory manner than ever before.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at your earliest convenience.

Thomas Cleary Group Leader, Engineered Fire Safety Group National Institute of Standards and Technology Email:  thomas.cleary [at] (thomas[dot]cleary[at]nist[dot]gov)


Created March 17, 2010, Updated November 15, 2019