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United States Army Technical Manuals: A Resource Guide and Inventory

Obtaining Copies of Technical Manuals

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Copies of the print manuals listed in this inventory are available for use at the Library of Congress and at other libraries. The best way to obtain manuals is through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Please consult your local college or agency library about their ILL processes and procedures.

Microfiche Collections at the Library of Congress

The early PB-numbered materials are available as microfiche in the Technical Reports & Standards Section of the Science, Technology & Business Division at the Library of Congress. Print copies from the microfilm are also available.

For further information or to request copies please visit the Library's Duplication Services website or call (202) 707-5640.

You must include the PB number listed in the citation and other identifying information such as the number, title, and date of the manual you are ordering.

Accessing the Print Materials at the Library of Congress

Field Manuals (FM) and Technical Manuals (TM) within the Library of Congress collections have been classified under the serial title United States. Dept. of the Army. Training Publication. As such, these items do not have individual bibliographic records in the online catalog, hence the need for this inventory. They can be accessed through the Library of Congress Classification U408.3.A13, followed by a subseries number and date.

For example, Navigation TM 1-205 would be requested as U.S. Dept. of the Army. Training publication U408.3.A13 TM 1-205 Nov. 1940. As the Library of Congress may have more than one version of a manual the month and date is a very important identifier. There are scanners and copiers available in the reading rooms for the purpose of making copies of the manuals.

Federal Depository Libraries

Many Army manuals are also available in Federal Depository Libraries—libraries around the country to which the Government Printing Office sends copies of documents published by the Federal Government. Most Federal Depository Libraries lend documents through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Large Army Libraries

The Pentagon Library and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania have excellent collections of manuals and will loan materials through ILL.

Additional Online Resources

Some full-text digital versions of these Army Technical Manuals can be found in online digital library collections. The following sources contain significant numbers of freely available Army Technical Manuals online.