To Our Metro Family,
This is an unusual time for us, many of whom are either working from home or are not able to visit us in person for research and other information. You may not know that the Metro Transportation Library & Archive collection is actually 125 years old, dating back to 1895 as part of Los Angeles Railway. We look forward to continuing to serve the Metro community with as little disruption as possible.
For reference assistance, we encourage our users to contact us via email rather than by phone: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also want to remind our users of the many resources in our collection and elsewhere available to you online 24/7.
CURRENT NEWS & TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
To stay abreast of transit and transportation news in Southern California and beyond, we suggest you subscribe to our Los Angeles Transportation Headlines: http://headlines.metroprimaryresources.info/.
For the past 15 years, we have collected and disseminated online news, an effort which continues as a digital newspaper published every work day. For your convenience, we offer an emailed daily digest with links to the newspaper and all its news items. You can read previous issues by clicking “Archives” next to the issue date. You can find the subscription link in the upper right of each issue.
METRO LIBRARY COLLECTION ONLINE:
Our online catalog contains links to thousands of digital resources! We have worked diligently to hyperlink to full-text digital documents, everything from reports, studies, EIRs, and more: http://librarycat.metro.net/. The catalog records for any digital versions of these resources are clearly labelled with “Online Access” in the search results and “URL” in the specific record. Alternatively, you may wish to search for online digital documents in our collection directly at: http://metroprimaryresources.info/search-metro-librarys-digitized-documents/.
In turn, the catalog homepage’s left-hand column provides access to several other online resources in our collection, including:
METRO BOARD ARCHIVES (2015-present):
METRO & PREDECESSOR AGENCIES’ BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARCHIVES (1951-2015):
METRO PRESS RELEASES (1993-present):
METRO & PREDECESSOR AGENCIES’ EMPLOYEE NEWS (1918-2010):
This is a priceless asset for finding historical information about all aspects of transit and transportation history in Los Angeles!
THIS DAY IN LOS ANGELES TRANSPORTATION HISTORY:
This interactive calendar draws upon our extensive digital resources to chronicle noteworthy anniversaries and significant events for every day of the year. Click on any month to surface each calendar date and associated stories, and feel free to explore the blog posts on the site as well, where many important local transit and transportation topics are explained in detail:
CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY HISTORY (1924-1967):
TRID TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH DATABASE:
This comprehensivedatabase provides access to more than 1.25 citations, abstracts, and full-text articles from the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) and Europe’s Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD):
The TRID homepage itself contains numerous helpful links, such as search tips, FAQ, links to additional transportation research resources (http://www.trb.org/InformationServices/ResourcesfortheTRISDatabases.aspx), TRB Research in Progress database (https://rip.trb.org/), National Transportation Library’s RosaP Repository and Open Science Research Portal (https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/)
We look forward to continuing serving you in the future!