If you haven’t been following the story, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is now offering free access to its  database of over three million federal science and technology reports from their National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Approximately 800,000 of those reports can be downloaded immediately in PDF format without charge to registered users.


The remaining reports must be scanned from microfiche archival files before being provided either as PDF's or in print for a fee. Documents that are scanned to fulfill a request are added to the database for free public download.  In addition to the free service, NTRL subscription-based services to individuals, agencies, universities, and other institutions.  The premium services include advanced search, filtering, e-mail results, more downloads per session, social networking, and personalization. Institutional subscriptions (price based on defined IP ranges) include free on-demand digitization of 5 reports per week, site branding, and usage statistics as well as an option to receive research data on DVD/CD for free.


You can create your own free NTRL Account at:


Information about the program can be found at:

-          News announcement:

-          Functionality chart:

-          October 15, 2014 NTRL Newsletter:

-          Premium subscription price list:


NTIS continues to license the NTRL database records to commercial vendors, including ProQuest, for integration of their holdings into commercial services.


Richard Huffine, Senior Director, U.S. Federal Government Market

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