John W. Barriger National Railroad Library

The John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library is a special library within the St. Louis Mercantile Library, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. It holds some of North America's largest and finest railroad history collections. Named after the noted twentieth century railroad executive, John W. Barriger, III (1899-1976), whose collection forms its heart, the library has grown to become a major resource for the history of railroad business and technology as well as for the study of railroading’s multidimensional influence on the American economy, society and culture. The Barriger Library also hosts extensive art and archival collections. Parts of these collections may be available through the digital library, but the full collections may be better accessed in person. For a complete list with finding aids, see the Barriger Library Collections Directory for more information.

Support for the Barriger Library's digitization efforts is provided by generous grants from our members, the Barriger Library Board and The Union Pacific Foundation, the CSX Foundation, the NS Foundation and the KCS Foundation.
John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library
Bureau of Railway Economics
The BRE Collection contains publications and documents that were originally part of the Bureau of Railway Economics Library, a unit of the Association of American Railroads in Washington, DC. The collection is focused on the wide and varied history of North American Railroading including technological advancement, marketing, economics and historical works. The collection spans from the 1800s to the 1960s.
Barriger Library Collection
These books are cataloged within the circulating and non-circulating collections of the Thomas Jefferson Library, but are purchased and shelved separately as part of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.

Mercantile Library Collections Directory

Mercantile Special Collections Directory

Barriger Library Collections Directory

Barriger Special Collections Directory

Pott Library Collections Directory

Pott Special Collections Directory