Following guidance received from the UK Government to minimise social contact, Royal Museums Greenwich is temporarily closed to visitors and will re-open no earlier than 1 May 2020.
This includes the Caird Library and Archive, however, you may still register for an account and explore our catalogues and collections. We look forward to your visit when we re-open in May 2020.
The Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum is a maritime reference library and rich research resource available for everyone. For entry, you just have to register for a free Reader’s Ticket.
How to register
To register and to request items to view you will need to use the Library's online request system, Aeon.
Preparing for your visit
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 an online catalogue which covers all the museum's collections.
For a full description of our services, how we operate and our conditions of use please see the Caird Library and Archive Access Policy
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.