Visiting the Library

Visiting the Library

The Caird Library provides public access to the unparalleled paper-based collections of Royal Museums Greenwich. Together, the archive and library collections are the most comprehensive maritime resource in the world, holding over two million items dating from the 15th century to the present, including manuscripts, modern and rare books, journals, prints and drawings, charts and maps, and ephemera.

This specialist reference library is a rich research resource for all. Entry is via a free Reader’s Ticket which can be applied for online in advance of your first visit, or on the day. To register and to request items to view you will need to use the Library's Aeon system – for more information and help using Aeon please see our Guidance for Readers on using Aeon.

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 a catalogue, Collections Online, which covers all the museum's collections. If you’re using the Caird for the first time please see the 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 (PDF, 92 KB).

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.

Opening times Last admission
Monday–Wednesday, Friday 10.00–16.45 16.30
Thursday* 10.00–19.45*
(the Quiet Study area will close at 17.00)
Saturday 10.00–13.00; 14.00–16.45 16.30

Please note: The Library is closed on bank holidays.

* From 11 December 2014 the Museum will no longer open late on Thursdays. The Library will continue late night Thursday opening until the end of the year and then, in line with the rest of the Museum, will return to 10.00-16.45 opening from 1 January 2015.

Christmas closures 2014

The Caird Library will close to readers at 16.45 on Saturday 20 December and will re-open at 10.00 on Monday 29 December. The Caird Library will be closed on Thursday 1 January.