The Library

  • Caird Library - Enquiry desk
  • Caird Library - periodicals
  • Caird Library - Ship Plan Viewer
  • Caird Library - researching
  • Caird Library - Titanic record
  • Caird Library - Lloyd's Register
This short film features some of the people who use the library explaining why they find the collections so fascinating.

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.

Caird Library Easter Closure, 18–21 April 2014

The Caird Library will close to visitors at 19.45 on Thursday 17 April, re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 22 April 2014. Our remote reprographics and enquiries services will also be suspended between these dates.

Useful links

Find out more via one of the sections below.


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.
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 from the Library.
The NMM is committed to making its collections available, whilst preserving them for future generations.