Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive

Contact Information

Address
One Gateway Plaza, 15th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Hours
Students, contractors and consultants only, for specified transit/transportation research, with appointment, via library@metro.net
Contact
Mr. Kenn Bicknell
Digital Resources Librarian
library@metro.net
Alternate Contact
Mr. Matthew Barrett
Website

34.055163, -118.2328217

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
No
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
Yes
Onsite technology available
Yes
Catalog System
OCLC; EOS International (ILS); in-house archive catalog
Repository
No
Access procedures

Your appointment MUST be confirmed in advance by library/archive staff. Check in with security officers on 3rd Floor.

Management

Archive / Collection information

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Library & Archive is the most comprehensive transit operator-owned library resource in the United States. As the only multimodal transportation library in Southern California, we serve employees, the public, governments and research institutions around the world. Our origins date back to the days of the Los Angeles Railway in 1890, but we were reintroduced to the public by the Southern California Rapid Transit District in 1971. Our collection contains approximately 250,000 items of significance to Los Angeles transportation history from 1873 to the present. This includes 45,000 books, reports, studies, conference proceedings, plans, maps, and drawings, 20,000 microfiche reports, more than 20,000 photographs and images, over 700 videos, several thousand ephemera, and a growing collection of publicly-accessible full-text digital documents. We collect, preserve,and provide access to archival materials from our predecessor transit agencies: Pacific Electric, Los Angeles Railway, Metropolitan Coach Lines, Los Angeles Transit Lines, Asbury Transit, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, Southern California Rapid Transit District, and the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission

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