One of the nation's leading transportation research centers, the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) specializes in basic and applied research to support VDOT, its primary customer. VTRC also provides technical consulting and training of future transportation professionals through work with the University of Virginia (where it has been located since 1948) and other Virginia universities. VTRC research promotes advances in:
VTRC's first director established a library in 1944 to support full-time research staff. The library has been located at VTRC ever since, but in 2008 it was renamed the VDOT Research Library to underscore the fact that it is a resource for all VDOT employees (not just researchers) in all districts and all divisions.