The Library

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The Caird Archive and Library holds a fantastic range of resources for finding out more about maritime history. Material includes manuscripts, books, charts and maps dating back to the 15th century and comprising the most extensive maritime archive in the world.

The collection can be used to research maritime history and exploration, the history of the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy and much more, including astronomy and timekeeping. Many of the resources we hold are useful for family historians, including large collections of Master’s Certificates dating back to 1845 and Merchant Navy Crew Lists back to the 1860s.

Temporary alteration to Library opening hours, Nov 2015–Jan 2016
The Caird Library and Archive will only be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 November 2015 – 31 January. This temporary alteration to opening hours is to enable staff to work on collections at offsite stores in preparation for a move to a new storage and conservation facility being built during 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Useful links

Find out more via one of the sections below.

Find seafaring relatives and loved ones in our database of approximately 39,000 crew lists, available to search for free.
The Library is open Monday to Friday 10.00–16.45, and 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.45 on Saturday.
Contact details for enquiries regarding the Archive and Library, chart and map collections.
The Museum has produced over 70 research guides covering the Museum's collections and other sources for research into maritime history.
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The Museum subscribes to a range of resources to help you with your research. They are all available free of charge while in the Library.
The NMM is committed to making its collections available, whilst preserving them for future generations.