Find out how to register for a free Reader’s Ticket to visit the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum.

The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum is a maritime reference library and rich research resource available for everyone. For entry, you just have to register for a free Reader’s Ticket.  

How to register

To register and to request items to view you will need to use the Library's online request  system, Aeon.

Guidance for using our online request system

Register or login with Aeon

Preparing for your visit

We suggest that you look at our online catalogues before visiting to identify items to want to see. We have separate catalogues for the library and archives collections and there is also an online catalogue which covers all the museum's collections.

Visit Collections online

PDF iconDownload our guide to your first visit to the Caird Library

For a full description of our services, how we operate and our conditions of use please see the Caird Library and Archive Access Policy

Download the Access Policy

Please note that although we hold lots of collections, maritime history research can be time-consuming so do allow plenty of time for your visit.