|Acquiring Highway Transportation Information from Abroad:
FHWA International Technology Scanning Program
Publication No. FHWA-PL-95-011 (B)
Library and Information Centers
The prime sources available that should be used by the highway transportation community in identifying and obtaining domestic and foreign material are academic, government, and other libraries and information centers that specialize in the field. An excellent source of information about transportation libraries and information centers is the Directory of Transportation Libraries and Information Centers in North America, 6th edition, June 1993 (Renée E. McHenry and Catherine Cortelyou). More than 120 transportation libraries and information centers are described in the directory, which covers name, address, telephone and electronic mail numbers, collection size and description, subject strengths, special collections, hours of operation, interlibrary loan policy and fees, other fees, database systems, staff, and library publications. The directory includes the libraries and information centers that have specialized collections on the topic of roads, highways, traffic engineering, and safety.
In addition, there are more than 200 transportation libraries and information centers in the United States and Canada; and more than 20 of these libraries and information centers specialize in highway, traffic engineering, and safety.
There are three transportation libraries that have a large collection of foreign documents in highway transportation. They are the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of California (Berkeley).
Plate 1: Highway Transportation Libraries and Information Centers in the United States and Canada
Alaska Transportation Technology Transfer Program
2301 Peger Road M/S 2552
Fairbanks, AK 99709-5316
Phone: (907) 474-2484
Fax: (907) 474-2446
Collection Description: Collection deals mostly with subjects related to transportation, which includes design, construction and maintenance of gravel, asphalt, and concrete roads. Includes operation and maintenance of equipment used for transportation systems. Also includes publications dealing with hazardous materials, and commercial driver's licenses.
Alberta Transportation and Utilities Library
1st Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 - 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta CANADA T6B 2X3
Phone: (403) 427-8802
Fax: (403) 468-2473; (403) 468-3134
Collection Description: Planning, construction, maintenance, materials and structures, engineering, management and operations, economics, environment, and safety, with modal emphasis on rural, urban and intercity road transportation with some material on air, rail and pipelines. Area of technology covered in-depth; area of history covered selectively. Holdings include Canadian, U.S., and international publications. Collection supports the work of the Department of Alberta Transportation and Utilities.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
AASHTO Information Center
444 N. Capitol St., NW, Suite 249
Washington, DC 20001-1512
Phone: (202) 624-8918
Fax: (202) 624-5806
Collection Description: AASHTO publications and reports. Current directories, statistical reports, GAO material on transportation. Annual reports from State Departments of Transportation and other federal agencies and private associations. International material includes proceedings of PIARC, IRF, TAC; and ARRB reports.
Arizona Transportation Research Center Library
Arizona Department of Transportation
206 S. 17th Ave., #075R
Phoenix. AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 965-2372
Fax: (602) 965-9267
Collection Description: State Department of Transportation Library includes federal reports, out-of-state reports; Transportation Research Board publications; Asphalt Institute, Portland Cement Association, and American Concrete Institute publications.
Asphalt Institute Library
Research Park Drive, P.O. Box 14052
Executive Offices & Research Center
Lexington, KY 40512-4052
Phone: (606) 288-4960
Fax: (606) 288-4999
Collection Description: Collection deals exclusively with the subjects of transportation and engineering as applied to road construction and asphalt.
Automobile Club of Southern California
Engineering Library/Technical Information Center
2601 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 741-4611
Fax: (213) 741-4670
Collection Description: Modal emphasis-highway (auto, public transit) Aspect emphasis-highway operations, traffic management, traffic safety, transportation planning, automotive engineering, driver education. Special emphasis-urban, intercity General collection-computer science, library science
California Department of Transportation
1120 N. Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 654-4601
Fax: (916) 654-6011
Collection Description: Traffic operations; design, construction, and maintenance of roads and bridges; transportation planning; rail and transit planning and operations; California highway history; business management.
Delaware Department of Transportation Library
Rt. 113, Transportation Administration Bldg.
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (303) 739-4157
Fax: (303) 739-6119
Collection Description: Highway socioeconomic impacts, transportation planning, traffic management, work zone safety, roadway design, and transit studies.
Florida Department of Transportation
Research Center Library
605 Swannee St. MS-30
Burns Building, Rm. 249
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450
Phone: (904) 488-8572
Fax: (904) 487-3403
Collection Description: Transportation, traffic studies, highway construction
Michigan Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 30050
425 W. Ottawa
Lansing, Ml 48909
Phone: (517) 373-1545
Fax: (517) 373-0168
Collection Description: Civil engineering; transportation planning; transportation; public transit; management; computers; Transportation Research Board publications; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials publications.
Mississippi State Highway Department
Research and Development Division Library
501 North West St.
Jackson. MS 39215-1350
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1850, etc.
Phone: (601) 359-1174
Fax: (601) 359-2233
Collection Size: 10,000
Collection Description: TRB publications, FHWA publications, other state DOT publications, magazines, videos, Federal Register, Cement/Concrete Handbook.
National Safety Council Library
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, IL 60143-0429
Phone: (708) 285-1121, X2199
Fax: (708) 285-1315
Collection Description: Library collects and disseminates information on accident prevention, safety, and health. About 40% of the collection deals with traffic and transportation safety.
Nebraska Department of Roads Technical Research
1500 Nebraska Hwy 2
P.O. Box 94759
Lincoln, NE 68509-4659
Phone: (402) 479-4316
Fax: (402) 479-3989
Collection Description: Transportation, mainly highway related, U.S. and some international publications; some rail and freight materials.
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Research
Swan St. Building
E.S.P., Room 418
Albany, NY 12228
Phone: (518) 473-5467
Fax: (518) 474-6898
Collection Description: A collection of reports produced by NYS DMV, US DOT, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand reports and selected states such as California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, on topics of motor vehicle and traffic safety. Some materials on management.
Northwestern University Transportation Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2300
Phone: (847) 491-5273
Fax: (847) 491-8601
Collection Description: Current transportation socioeconomics, particularly management, operations, finance, planning, regulation & safety for all modes--air, rail, water, highway, and pipeline. Areas of technology & history covered selectively. Collect both U.S. & international publications. Law enforcement collection covers police administration and training and traffic law enforcement. Collection supports curriculum of Transportation Center and Traffic Institute at Northwestern.
Ohio Department of Transportation Library
15 S. Front St.
Columbus. OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-7680
Collection Description: Transportation highway transportation prominent; increasing collection in areas of management and computers.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation Library and Information
1201 Wilson Avenue
CANADA M3M 1J8
Phone: (416) 235-4546
Fax: (416) 235-4915
Collection Description: Highway engineering, transportation, with a new interest in rail, marine, and air (including materials testing, construction, geology, management). one-third of collection is textbooks.
Oregon Department of Transportation
522 Transportation Building
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: (503) 378-6268
Fax: (503) 378-7376
Collection Description: Transportation, civil engineering, management, computer technology, Oregon Laws, Revised Statutes, and Administrative Rules.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Transportation Employees Library
903 T&S Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: (717) 787-6527
Fax: (717) 787-7971
Collection Description: Concentrates on transportation materials, but is strongest in roads and highway engineering.
Portland Cement Association
5420 Old Orchard Road
Skokie. IL 60077
Phone: (847) 966-6200 x534,x536; (847) 965-7500 x534,x536
Fax: (847) 965-6541; (847) 866-9781
Collection Description: Basically cement and concrete technology, including cement chemistry. Now branching out to include all materials in the construction industry. Extensive transportation-related materials, research and testing facilities data. Materials on roads and pavements. airport runways, railroad ties and soils/foundations.
Quebec Ministere des Transports
Centre de Documentation
700, boul. St-Cyrille Est
11 e etage
CANADA G1R 5H1
Phone: (418) 643-3578
Fax: (418) 643-1269
Collection Description: Transportation (all modes): air, rail, water, highway. Other subjects: civil engineering, environment, law, management, road safety.
Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation Library
1855 Victoria Avenue
CANADA S4P 3V5
Phone: (306) 787-4778
Fax: (306) 787-3963
Collection Description: Emphasis on highways, engineering, inland and air transportation, administration. Contains all publications of SASK highways and transportation.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Library
James K. Polk Bldg.
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0345
Phone: (615) 741-2330
Fax: (615) 741-2508
Collection Description: Strength in highway engineering, road construction and maintenance, traffic engineering. Comprehensive files of TRB reports; local planning reports.
Texas Transportation Institute
Library Research Program
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77943-3135
Phone: (409) 845-1636
Fax: (409) 845-9848
Collection Description: Texas Transportation Institute and TRB publications. Rely on the extensive holdings of the Sterling C. Evans Library at Texas A&M University to meet many information needs.
Transport Canada Transportation Development Centre
200 Rene Levesque Blvd. W
Suite 601, West Tower
CANADA H2Z 1X4
Phone: (514) 283-0007
Fax: (514) 283-7158
Collection Description: All major modes of transportation, with emphasis on technological development, safety, and accessibility. Aim to support current research.
Transportation Research Board Library
National Research Council (U.S.)
2001 Wisconsin Ave. GR 314
Washington, DC 20007
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20418
Phone: (202) 334-2989
Fax: (202) 334-2527
Collection Size: 18,000 books and technical reports 370 periodical titles
Collection Description: Collection focuses primarily on highway engineering and transportation. Some emphasis on other modes, including transit. rail, maritime, and aviation.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Library and Distribution Services Division, M-49
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: (202) 366-0747
Fax: (202) 366-
Collection Size: 356,600 bound volumes of books and periodicals. 500,000 microforms
Collection Description: Primary source for information concerning general transportation, surface and water transportation. Subject coverage includes bridges, driver studies, engineering, general transportation, highways, land utilization, mass transit, marine engineering, navigation, oceanography, pipelines, planning, railroads, ships and shipbuilding, statistics, traffic engineering, urban transportation, waterways, transportation safety, marine safety, highway planning and maintenance. traffic surveys and forecasts, and history of transportation.
University of California, Berkeley
Institute of Transportation Studies Library
412 McLaughlin Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (310) 642-3604
Fax: (310) 642-9180
Collection Description: International collection on all modes of transportation with emphasis on highway, rail, and air and urban transportation. Access to over 120,000 ITS bibliographic records through MELVYL online catalog.
University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute Library
2901 Baxter Road
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109
Phone: (313) 764-2171
Fax: (313) 764- 1081
Collection Description: Accident data and systems analysis; occupant injuries and protection; biomechanics; emergency medical services; alcohol and drugs; driver-vehicle systems; vehicle dynamics; transportation systems; shipbuilding and maritime transportation; automotive industry; intelligent-vehicle highway systems; driver behavior and information processing; vehicle lighting and displays.
University of North Carolina
Highway Safety Research Center Library
134 1/2 E. Franklin Street
Campus Box 3430
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430
Phone: (919) 962-8701
Fax: (919) 962-8710
Collection Description: Current technical reports, conference and symposium papers, journal article reprints, and reference materials, in the areas of accident analysis; alcohol and highway safety; driver education and licensing; bicycle, moped, and motorcycle safety; restraint systems research; pedestrian research; truck and driver safety and roadway research.
Virginia Transportation Research Council Library
P.O. Box 3817
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (804) 293-1959
Fax: (804) 293-1990
Collection Description: Road and transportation technology; including construction and maintenance, management and economics, safety, materials and paving research. Also structural and underwater research.
Washington State Department of Transportation Library
P.O. Box 47425
Olympia, WA 98504-7425
Phone: (206) 753-2107
Fax: (206) 743-6218
Collection Description: Highway, marine, rail, air, and public transportation in the areas of planning, administration, design, construction, maintenance, research and testing, operations, safety, environmental impact, and public finance.
Western Highway Institute Research Library
1200 Bayhill Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
Phone: (415) 952-4900
Fax: (415) 588-0424
Collection Description: Highway transportation.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation Library
4802 Sheboygan Ave., Rm. 901
P.O. Box 7913
Madison, Wl 53707
Phone: (603) 266-0724
Fax: (603) 267-0294
Collection Description: Focus is on transportation, particularly planning, finance, and safety for all modes-highway, rail, water, and air. Areas of technology and history covered selectively.