Order items from our Library and Archive collections
Order items from the National Maritime Museum's Library and Archive collections to study in the Library’s Reading Room using the Aeon request system.
Using the Aeon request system you can:
Ordering items for a specific date and time has been resumed - this can be done when finding an item on our catalogues and clicking on the 'Request this Item' link. Currently, we do not require each researcher to confirm their visit, however, the museum is open to the public, so entry to the library is without a ticket.
Please see the Register to Visit page.
All of the collections held in the Library and Archive collections can be requested using the Aeon system. This includes modern and rare books, journals, pamphlets, manuscripts, charts and maps and some prints and drawings.
Ship Plans: If you would like to access the plans collections in person, please email email@example.com. To request a digital copy of plans, please see this page: Order Copies of Ship Plans For more information please see this page: Ship Plans Collection
Order Scans from the Library & Archive collection : For more information please see this page: Caird Library Remote Copying Service
The Library and Archive collections are available to search online:
Find out more about the Library & Archive collection
Some prints, drawings, sea charts and maps are also available to view online via the Museum collections portal.
Search the Archive catalogue
Search the Library catalogue
Aeon allows you to request up to six items in advance. All of the items you order are now delivered in one batch to the reading room on the day of your visit.
Register to visit
Delivery times for items in store at the Museum is normally on the day of your visit. We receive one delivery per week for items stored off site.
Note: Some items stored at the Museum and off site can only be viewed by appointment, including some sea charts and maps, prints and drawings.
If you have any questions or queries about requesting an item from the Caird Library & Archive, contact us.
Tel: 020 8312 6516
The delivery schedule for items stored at the Museum and off site is listed below.
You can save items for future use in the Aeon request system using the ‘Keep For My Review’ option. To access a request that you have placed into the ‘Keep for My Review’ folder:
Items that have been requested and viewed on one day can be held overnight for viewing the next day.
To do this, request the item you want to study for a second day in the Aeon system, and select the following days date in the calendar. When you return the item after the first day of study, inform staff at the Library Issue Desk that you wish to study it again tomorrow.
Once you've placed your request using the Aeon system, the Library team will check its availability. If there is a problem with accessing the item, the team will contact you by email to inform you of the issue.
If the item you wish to study is not available to order via the online Library and Archive collections and the Aeon system, contact the Aeon support team.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6516