Transportation Libraries and Information Centers

NAME:Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library


Date of Last Update:

Name of library or information center:
Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library

Name of parent organization (if applicable):
California Railroad Museum

Title of person to which library or information center director reports:

Is your information center a member of a Transportation Knowledge Network?:
Not a TKN Member

Do you provide access to your information collection to the general public (either on-site or on-line, with or without a fee)?:

Describe any special conditions for accessing your resources or services (e.g. by appointment, affiliations required):

Provide a description of your information collection:
The collection consists of about 10,000 books and pamphlets related to railroads nationwide. Collections include general histories, photo histories, atlases, corporate histories, biographies, and reference books. Collections are organized by subject such as locomotives, electric railways, passenger trains, individual railroads, technical engineering books, catalogs, and government documents, including ICC and state commission papers. The Richardson Library has over 260 periodicals and serials, including Trains, Railroad, NRHS Bulletin, Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletins. Some uncommon titles in the library are the 1832 edition of American Railway Journal. Trade publications on hand, for example, are Railway Age, Traffic World, and Modern Railroads. Consult the staff for availability and a list. Photographs are being arranged by individual railroad names. You must make your photograph selection in person. Computer scans or photographic copies are available. Consult the staff for prices. The slides and movies are being sorted and are not available at this time. The majority of the library collection is devoted to original archives These include timetables, annual reports, ICC valuation papers, railroad engineering drawings, maps, and other material. Companies represented, for instance, are Colorado & Southern, D&RGW, Union Pacific and Denver Tramway.

What are the particular subject strengths of your collection?:

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Special notes or comments about your library or information center:
We do not have railroad personnel files. Contact the Railroad Retirement Board ( for information regarding railroad personnel from the 1930s to present.

Contact Information

Name of Primary Contact:


17155 West 44th Ave. ,





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Do you provide online training courses?: No

Do you provide onsite training courses?:

Do you maintain a knowledge base of lessons learned or best practices?: No

Do you maintain a directory of experts or provide referrals to experts as part of your services?:No

Are any of your training materials catalogued into OCLC?: No

If you are affiliated with a library, please provide its name:

What types of data sets do you provide?:

What export formats do you offer?:

What types of metadata do you provide to help users locate or interpret data sets?:

Organization Type:Rail Road

Detailed Collection Information:

Please estimate the number of items in your information collection:


Journal, magazine and newspaper titles (print or digital, current or discontinued):

Printed technical reports, plans, manuals, standards:

Digital documents (e.g. PDF's or e-books):

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Other items (e.g. schedules, maps, drawings, etc.):

Does your staff have access to commercial (for fee) information databases – either directly or through your parent organization?:

Do you offer your patrons access to commercial (for fee) information databases – either remotely or within your library?:

Please list the major commercial information databases to which your library subscribes.:

Library Services and Affiliations

In what year was the library first established?:

What days and hours are library services provided?:
Please call 303-279-4591 for an appointment

If your library produces an online newsletter or other form of outreach publication, please provide a link or enter the name of the publication.:

OCLC Code (if applicable):

What percentage of your collection is cataloged in OCLC with your library’s symbol?:

With which OCLC Groups is your library affiliated?:

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Do you offer interlibrary loans?:

Do you lend through OCLC?:

What is your lending policy (briefly describe or provide a link)?:

What fees do you charge for lending?:

What fees do you charge for supplying photocopies?:

What fees do you charge for research or other services?:

Library Resources and Facilities

What is your library’s approximate annual budget – excluding staffing and facilities costs?:
Under $100,000

What is your library’s primary funding source?:

Does your library have access to conference/meeting space?:

Do you offer use of computers with internet access to your users?:

Do you have access to digitization and OCR hardware/software?:

What specialized software do you have access to? (e.g. web publishing, desktop publishing, multimedia):

Special Collections

Please list any special collections that you maintain

Catalogs: Please list any online catalogs that you maintain:


Catalog Name:

Catalog Type:
General Integrated Library System (ILS)

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Is your catalog accessible outside of your organization?:

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Full or Part Time:
Full Time