Air University Catalog
The Air University Library (AUL), founded in 1946, is the premier library in the Department of Defense (DOD). It houses well-balanced collections especially strong in the fields of war fighting, aeronautics, Air Force and DOD operations, military sciences, international relations, education, leadership, and management. The Air University Library improves Air Force education by providing access to the world of information through quality library services.
The library holds more than 2.4 million items, including 500,000 military documents; 400,000 monographs and bound periodical volumes; 614,000 maps and charts; 150,000 current regulations and manuals; and 900,000 microforms.
Air University Library sits at the center of Chennault Circle. The library building, Fairchild Library, is named after the founder and first commander of Air University, Gen Muir Stephen "Santy" Fairchild. Air University Library also operates a branch library at the USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) Academy located at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex. The branch provides tailored information collections and services for senior NCO professional military education.
An active program of bibliographic publications and indexes facilitates access to the library's holdings and information. Special subject bibliographies are published throughout the year and posted contemporaneously on the library's web page. Air University Library publishes the quarterly Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals (now in publication for more than 50 years). The index is CD-ROM format and is accessible from the AUL web page.
Electronic information technologies are critical to the delivery of library resources and services. A third-generation integrated library system automates identifying, locating, and circulating library-owned materials. A robust home page provides Internet access to the Special Bibliography Series, other professional military education (PME) curriculum support materials, map and image sites, full text journals and newspapers, and a steadily increasing number of links to key web sites.