Library & collections enquiries

Contact the Library

The Library is open Monday to Friday, 10.00–16.45 (until 19.45 on Thursday), and 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.45 on Saturday.

To request items to view in the Library, please register at Aeon. See also guidance on using Aeon.

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Collections enquiries

For enquiries about library collections, archive and manuscript collections or Museum objects and paintings,  please contact one of the following:

Library items


Manuscripts, charts and atlases


Museum 3D objects or paintings


Your message will be forwarded to the relevant Museum curator. 

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Caird Library contact details

The Caird Library
National Maritime Museum
London SE10 9NF
Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6516

Research enquiries

We have a wide range of research guides and collections websites to help you carry out your research.

  • a list of independent researchers
  • Curators and specialists may answer enquiries relating to specific aspects of the Museum's collections.