The Oklahoma Transportation Library (OTL) began with generous support from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) as a means to preserve the state agency's collection of transportation-related materials. These included reports, surveys, research, and journal publications that have helped propel transportation research and collaboration across the country. Langston University originally aided ODOT in cataloging the material. The collection then moved to OU, and is currently housed at Five Partners Place at OU's South Research Campus.
Through its cataloging efforts, the library contains a large cross-section of engineering-related material from over two-dozen states. These materials include county-wide soil surveys, standard specifications for highway construction, various geological reports, as well as official reports from state agencies including ODOT. With a catalog of materials that stretches back several decades, the OTL is prepared to assist a wide variety of patrons, including ODOT personnel, researchers, students, and stakeholders.
The OTL maintains a wide range of affiliations with various groups, including the Western Transportation Knowledge Network (WTKN), ODOT, and the Southern Plains Transportation Center. Being a part of this network, the library is better able to conduct symposiums, seminars, webinars, and various other presentations aimed at increasing knowledge in the academic and engineering community. The OTL continues to lead the way in innovative outreach, and looks forward to building partnerships across a wide spectrum of interested parties. Walk-ins are always welcome, and the staff is standing ready and able to assist with any research needs patrons might have
Meet the Staff
Michael Molina is the librarian at the Oklahoma Transportation Library. He has a PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma, and has previously worked for the Metropolitan Library System as an Associate Librarian.
Blake Gerard is the Library Assistant and is a current undergraduate student studying computer science at OU’s Gallogly College of Engineering.
Affiliations and Sponsors
Since 1911, Oklahoma Department of Transportation employees have worked to provide a safe, economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma. Beginning with four employees to a workforce of 2,400 we have always had one thing in mind: Oklahoma. Together we’ve built and continue to maintain enough miles of highway to drive from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles 22 times. Join in celebrating a century of transportation accomplishments from Rt. 66 to the Heartland Flyer, from navigable waterways to the interstate system and so much more.
The SPTC mission is twofold: to develop comprehensive, cost-effective, and imminently implementable solutions to critical infrastructure-related issues facing the transportation systems of the region and the nation; and to prepare transportation professionals for leadership roles in professional and research careers in support of the nation’s transportation systems.
The Western Transportation Knowledge Network (WTKN) is a diverse group of transportation organizations from AASHTO Region 4 focused on improving the access to transportation information, data and research to help the entire community. Membership includes libraries representing state Departments of Transportation (DOTs), academic institutions, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and private industry.