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. 

NAR Library

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:

  • 7,500+ digital books, audiobooks, and videos
  • 6,000+ journals in digital format through EBSCO
  • 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  • 500,000+ historical documents and images from the National Association of REALTORS® historical archives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
  • Fact-checking
  • 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. Use your nar.realtor username and password to login.

Borrowing Materials From Our Print Collection

To check out print materials, log in 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.

Borrowing Materials From Our eBooks Collection

To check out electronic and audio books or reports from our eBooks collection, log in 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 EBSCO

NAR members may request to receive articles from any of the 150+ journals, newsletters, and magazines in the Library’s print collection. Contact us via this form 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 EBSCO, a database of hundreds of business journals, newsletters, and other periodicals. Sign in to EBSCO using your nar.realtor username and password, then search for a topic, find a specific article, or browse issues of a publication. Create a My EBSCOhost account to save articles, set up email alerts and RSS feeds, and other customized features. Contact the Library by email or call 800-874-6500 for assistance in accessing EBSCO.

Non-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 $50 service fee; $10 per article thereafter. Contact us via this form or call 800-874-6500 to request an article. Please provide as much detail as possible (title, author, source, date, etc.).

Research Services

Quick reference service is available to NAR members as a member benefit at no extra cost. 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 as a member benefit at no extra cost. A librarian will provide a summary highlighting answers to your question along with a list of relevant articles, reports, links, and other sources where they found the information. The service has a normal turnaround time of two to four business days.

Members can contact the NAR Library & Archives via this form or by phone at 800-8740-6500 to discuss your question with a librarian.

Reference service is available to non-members for a fee of $125 per hour, with a turnaround time of 3-5 business days. Rush research service is also available to non-members for an additional $50 fee, with a turnaround time of two business days.