Services for USDOT Employees

The DOT Library's Research & Information Electronic Resources make a wide array of electronic information accessible at your desk. Whether you need a corporate profile or an article on new security systems, the Headquarters library can bring access to your fingertips.

New Resource: Mergent Online and Mergent Web Reports.
  • Request a book or article not in the HQ Library
  • Request (Field Office) a book or article from the HQ Library
  • Suggest a book or journal for purchase by the HQ Library
  • Research and Reference Databases
    A large number of electronic databases are included - many full text.
    For assistance in searching, consult the Help menu which is an element of nearly every database or a member of the Library reference staff at 6-0746.
  • Political and Policy Resources From National Journal Group
    This page was designed exclusively for DOT staff. It provides access to nonpartisan news and analysis on important political and policy developments.
  • Electronic Journal Database
    This database gives DOT Employees desktop access to over 3000 full-text electronic journals. You can read a specific issue or search EbscoHost for multiple articles in your field.
  • eBook Collection via EBSCO
    eBooks are electronic books, available at your Desktop when YOU need them, from wherever and whenever!
    New titles from 2004-2005 have been added. Here are only some of the areas you'll find: Automotive History Leadership Business Writing Organizational Change Employee Rights and Handbooks Project Management Globalization Economics Small Business and Contracts Human Anatomy Statistics and Theory IT Management Transportation Forecasting and Research Knowledge Management Worklife Wellness
  • Headquarters Catalog
    The DOT Library's Online Catalog contains over 80,000 bibliographic records, with more being added each day. You can search or browse the catalog by title, author, subject, or a number of other different access points.
  • Online Digital Special Collections
    Our Online Digital Special Collections consist of important historical collections of documents which the Library has digitized in order to broaden access. There will be many more digital special collections to follow. If you have a collection of documents you would like digitized, please contact the DOT Library to find out how we can partner with you.
  • DOT Orders - Location Guide

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)book icon

Interlibrary Loan is a service provided for all DOT employees except for FAA who need materials not located in the DOT Library collection. Please see a circulation assistant or reference librarian if you do not see what you need in the online catalog, and they will borrow the item from another library. We can borrow books and reports as well as periodical articles.

Requests can be submitted either in person or by using the ILL Request Form. Returning all borrowed materials in good condition and on time to the DOT Library is the responsibility of each requestor.


The library photocopier may be used for the duplication of work-related materials.

Research Assistance

Our experienced library reference staff is available to assist you in locating any information. Reference staff members can help develop and refine searches and search strategies, locate information in our print collections, and access online services such as Lexis/Nexis, Dun & Bradstreet, Westlaw, and Dialog. We can provide complete company reports and full text articles from over 5000 journals, periodicals, and newspapers. Lastly, if by chance, our collections do not contain the information or resource you are seeking, we can access the holdings of over one million libraries through our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) network.


Training the use of various databases and other resources is regularly offered or can be scheduled for all DOT employees except for FAA. Contact library staff to set up a convenient date and time.

Circulation Services

New titles are listed in the New Title List which is updated regularly.

Circulation periods vary based on the type of material being checked out. Materials in the reference collection are intended for in-library use. Library staff will be happy to assist you with checking out materials.

For general policies on borrowing materials, see "Borrowing".

Periodical Routing

The Library routes periodicals to all DOT employees except for FAA upon request. Please contact a library staff member for further information.

Your Suggestions for the Library's Collection

We welcome suggestions for publications to be purchased for the library collection. Recommendations for acquiring publications for the DOT Library may be submitted either in person or by using the DOT Library Recommendation Form.