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Transportation Resources

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Research Library is affiliated with the New Jersey State Library. While this guide was developed for NJDOT employees, the general public may also use it to find transportation-related research.

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WHO WE ARE

  • New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Research Library operates as a branch of the New Jersey State Library
  • Funded by Federal Highway Administration State Planning and Research Program (FHWA)
  • Opened in 1962 as part of the Bureau of Research, of which it is still a part
  • Since 1998, funded by NJDOT as a State Planning and Research (SPR) project

WHO WE HELP

  •  NJDOT employees at the Transportation Complex and throughout the state
  • The library serves New Jersey state government employees and members of the general public by providing reference and referral services.  Materials may be used onsite or, for state government employees, by loan
  • Library services are available in full to New Jersey state employees. The general public may use the collection by e-mail appointment.

WHAT WE HAVE

Documents (reports, standards, manuals, ect)  from a variety of sources, including:

WHERE WE ARE

  • 2nd Floor of the Main Office Building, David J. Goldberg Transportation Complex
  • 1035 Parkway Avenue in Ewing

Research Library staff are happy to help NJ State government employees with the following:

  • Looking for information? Have a question? Ask us!
  • What has been written about a subject?  We'll look for articles, reports and studies on the transportation topic you're researching
  • Borrow an item from the library or use it here
  • How to register for TC3, training through AASHTO
  • Navigating online resources
  • Any research or library-related question

Materials are available from many transportation sources. They include:

  • Transportation Research Board (TRB) 
  • National Highway Cooperative Research Program (NCHRP)
  • Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, especially the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Other national, state, and international agencies and organizations.

 Most items are available free, many as a result of memberships and subscriptions paid for by NJ DOT.  More and more frequently, the source provides digital versions only.

The Research Library contains materials in these formats: print; Portable Document Format (PDF); and links to online items.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files. The library also has CD-ROMs and DVDs.


Subjects and Access: 

Transportation is a very broad topic. As a result, the DOT Research Library has research reports, reference items, and books on a wide variety of subjects.  That broad scope includes:

  • Aviation
  • Bicycles and Pedestrians
  • Bridges and Structures
  • Construction
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Landscape and Urban Design
  • Legal Issues
  • Marine/Waterways
  • Materials
  • Right-of-Way
  • Safety and Human Performance
  • Traffic
  • Work Zones

The Research Library has study guides and examination preparation materials for civil service, Professional Engineer (PE), and Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examinations.  The NJ State Library has a very large collection of these items; they can be easily requested and sent to the DOT Research Library.

As of now, the NJ State Library Catalog contains only a portion of the DOT Research Library’s holdings.  Since not everything owned or available appears in the catalog, it is a good idea to check with the Librarian to find out if an item is at NJDOT or can be gotten elsewhere. NJDOT Librarians are actively working to classify and catalog all items and get them up on the shelves as soon as possible. 

For New Jersey government employees, most materials are available for loan for four weeks with possible renewal, as long as there is no waiting list. Examination study materials mostly have a two-week loan period, and Reference items are generally available for onsite use only.  Special provisions can be arranged, depending on user needs and item availability.

Members of the general public are welcome to use materials onsite by appointment or request a loan through their local or institutional library via interlibrary loan.

Work-related item you would like us to buy? Research Library staff welcome recommendations and suggestions of materials for purchase.
 

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