About the Library

The Montana Department of Transportation's (MDT) Library functions within the Department’s Research program to capture and make accessible transportation-related information, particularly that which relates to the needs of MDT staff. Our collection contains over 25,000 titles in various formats. All of MDT’s final research reports are included, and we have a comprehensive collection of publications from the Transportation Research Board and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, as well as reports from state, national, and international transportation organizations.


MDT Staff are automatically registered for library cards upon hire. Members of the public can register for a library card using the Library Patron Registration Form.

Anyone can search our catalog. Many of the resources we have included are freely available online and can be accessed through the catalog. To check out our print or audiovisual materials, however, you must be a registered patron.

Library Catalog and Resources

Catalog Search
Open Access Journals
Clear Road Winter Maintenance Research and Synthesis Projects


ALL 50 State DOT Search Engine
Repository and Open Access Portal (ROSA P)
RIP (Research In Progress Database)
TRID (Transportation Research International Database)
U.S. DOT Research Hub

Technology Transfer

The concept of “technology transfer” is broad and can be difficult to grasp, especially for someone new to transportation research or library needs.

Broadly stated, technology transfer supports the concept of change. It is the process by which a better way of doing something is put into use as quickly as possible.

How does technology transfer fit into the MDT Library? With guidance and assistance from the MDT Librarian, people identify their needs, exchange information, find research documents and implementation reports, and gather feedback. From MDT’s Research Section perspective, technology transfer is the communication that results in putting research findings or new information into practice.

If you are having trouble finding what you need, contact us at MDT Library.