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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ‘s Reading Room Update

This past summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) moved its reading room to their new facility. This was after there was some concern that it would be closed. The reading room contains many valuable resources used by public safety groups, journalists, lawyers and corporations, among others.

In earlier meetings with NHTSA, ALA learned that several important databases containing historical information had been removed from the Reading Room since last year and may be permanently removed from public access. We have recently learned that these resources remain missing and that the new reading room presents additional concerns: it is very difficult to access for several logistical reasons; the microfiche machine is inoperable; and groups still fear the reading room could still be shut down.

Please see the letter from Safety Research & Strategies, Inc. (PDF) for details on concerns with the new reading room.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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