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This section contains key catalogs and databases to help you find transportation-related research.

The CTS Library staff also provides assistance in obtaining CTS publications, as well as research from other sources. Research assistance is available to CTS and University students, faculty and staff, and employees of public transportation agencies. Limited service is available to the general public.

Please contact or 612-624-3646 to request assistance.

CTS Library at a glance

Brief History: CTS was established by the legislature in 1987. Library services were established in 1995.


Contact information: or 612-624-3646

Collection: 800+ books, reports, DVDs, and other electronic resources. CTS’ collection, along with thousands of other items, are available through the MnDOT Library catalog.

Affiliations: Minnesota Transportation Libraries, Midwest Transportation Knowledge Network

Transportation Catalogs

Minnesota Transportation Libraries Catalog

MnDOT and CTS library holdings, covering all aspects of transportation.

Minnesota Transportation Libraries videotape collection

Over 700 training and educational videotapes. Also available to browse by subject in the Local Government Video Catalog, 2009 (726 KB PDF).

Over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide

Transportation Databases

CTS Research Reports

Most CTS research reports are available online free of charge.


This database of reports and journal articles related to transportation has over 900,000 records, some of which provide access to full text. Produced by the Transportation Research Board and the National Transportation Library.

TRB Research in Progress (RIP)

The Transportation Research Board provides information on current research being conducted by state DOTs and universities.

TRR Journal Online (U of M only)

CTS provides University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff online access to the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR Journal). Includes papers from 1996 to the present. Access is by IP recognition. If you need assistance when off-campus, please contact CTS Library Services at 612-626-1077.

University of Minnesota Libraries

Search MnCAT, access electronic journals, and search a plethora of engineering and other databases.

Transportation librarians have collaborated to create custom search engines using Google Custom Search. Search:

Additional Resources

The CTS Library maintains links to numerous transportation-related resources, including: