National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities

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The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) is an extensive U.S. source of school facility planning, design, funding, construction, operations, and maintenance information, with coverage spanning pre-kindergarten through higher education. Major users are school administrators, facility managers, designers, and researchers.

NCEF is cited as the largest, most comprehensive, extensively used and highly regarded source of educational facilities research and information in the United States. NCEF has had, since its inception, more than 9 million visitors and some 151 million hits. NCEF ranks number one on Google out of 2,050,000 search results on “educational facilities”.

NCEF's website provides school facilities news, events, data and statistics, and access to abstracts of over 17,500 documents, and journal articles, most of which link directly to online sources concerning school buildings. The abstracts are searchable and included in over 158 annotated and regularly updated subject-specific bibliographies called "resource lists," found at NCEF's publications are at and safe school facilities information is at

NCEF also maintains a toll-free number for public inquires.

NCEF is funded and managed by the National Institute of Building Sciences, a non-governmental, non-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress to serve as an authoritative source on building science and technology.

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  • American Library Association (2008). Building Libraries and Library Additions: A Selected Annotated Bibliography, ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 11.

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