Plan your visit
Please find the item you want to order on the Archive or Library catalogue, click 'Request this Item' or 'Order', login or register and pick a date and time to visit.
NB: This procedure does not apply to items in the Collections (Objects) Catalogue.
Also: Individual Crew Lists and Masters Certificates do not appear on the catalogue. Click here for more information.
The Library offers a document copying service to supply scans of items in our collection.
We have prepared a detailed guide to visits to the Caird Library whilst social distancing measures are in place.
If you have a question about accessing the Library and Archive collection, we recommend you check our FAQs. If you need further assistance, please do contact us:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6516 (during Library opening hours)
Using our collections for research
Find out how our archives and catalogues can support your research
About the Caird Library and Archive
The Library collection includes over 100,000 books, 20,000 pamphlets, 20,000 bound periodicals including 200 current titles, and over 12,000 rare books spanning every aspect of maritime history, including: emigration, navigation, piracy, astronomy, shipping companies, shipwrecks, biographies, the two World Wars, horology, Merchant and Royal Navy.
Also included are many original documents, manuscripts, atlases, maps, sea charts and periodicals. There are 6,000 books and printed resources available to study on open access shelves.
The collections are available to everyone and can be accessed for free online or in person. All that is required is to register for a Reader's Ticket.
A team of professional librarians and archivists are available to help and advise readers at all times.
If you are not able to visit the Caird Library and Archive, staff are happy to answer enquiries by telephone, email and letter about items in our collection and can offer up to 15 minutes of free research time.
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