The Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library
—also known as the Institute of Transportation Studies Library
(ITSL), the Berkeley Transportation Library
, or simply as the Transportation Library
— is a library at the University of California, Berkeley
, devoted to transportation
studies. Officially named in 1998 for the Institute of Transportation Studies’ founder, it is the oldest transportation library in the United States
, having been established in 1948 just after the foundation of the Institute itself.
The ITSL is currently the third largest such library as well, surpassed only by the United States Department of Transportation
library in Washington D.C.
and the Transportation Library of Northwestern University
in Evanston, Illinois
. It remains the largest west of the Mississippi
The library is located on the fourth floor of McLaughlin Hall
, the original UC Berkeley Engineering Building, where it serves the faculty, students, researchers and staff of the multi-campus Institute of Transportation Studies. The library has been in its present location since 1964. In earlier years the library and the Institute of Transportation Studies were situated at the UC Berkeley Field Station in Richmond
, about 8 miles north of Berkeley
. In the Berkeley campus ITSL is an “Affiliated Library” one of several subject-specialist libraries that operate independently of the UC-Berkeley Main Library system.
The library has three full time professional staff,... Read More