Caird Library, National Maritime Museum

© National Maritime Museum

Caird Library, National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Caird Library enquiry desk: (020) 8312 6516
Fax (020) 8312 6599


Sammy Ofer Wing, Floor One.

Main Entrance – via the Sammy Ofer Wing

Hours of opening:

Reading Room:

Tuesday - Thursday 1000 - 1645
Closed bank holidays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Fridays.

Upon the completion of the move of archive and library collections into the Museum’s new Sammy Ofer Wing archive stores in 2012, the Reading Room will be open Monday – Saturday, 1000 – 1645 with late night opening on Thursdays through to 2000.

For latest information check website:


Open to all members of the public, from the age of 14. Proof of identity required for Reader’s Ticket. Reader’s ticket applications can be submitted online ahead of visit at Wheelchair accessible.

Reader places:


Librarians in charge:

Eleanor Gawne Head of Archive and Library
Hannah Dunmow Archive and Manuscripts Manager
Gareth Bellis Reader Services Librarian
Sue Carter Digital Resources Librarian

Staff availabilty:

As opening hours.


Computerised Library Catalogue currently on SirsiDynix Symphony, available on OPAC:

The Archive Catalogue is available via the Museum’s collections website:




Library 100,000 volumes, 8000 rare books, 20,000 bound periodicals, 2000 microforms and CD-ROMs. Over four miles of manuscripts: Public Records (Royal and Merchant Navy); Business Records; personal papers; artificial collections. 50,000 charts.

Special collections or strengths:

Rare Book Collection dating from 1474-1850, including atlases, voyages, astronomy, scientific instruments, shipbuilding, piracy, shipwrecks, navigation. Also includes the Airy Library (Astronomy).

Collection of approximately 4000 items of printed ephemera mainly relating to passenger and cruise ships.

Archive collection includes, crew lists and agreements (selected years), lieutenant’s logs, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Survey Reports, master’s certificates, shipping company records (including P&O Archive).

Additional facilities:

Ten public PCs allow access to a range of electronic resources subscribed to by the Caird Library.  A full list of resources is available at

A reprographics space provides access to microfilm and fiche readers / scanners, TV/video/DVD in order to view film footage.  A self service document scanner is available to reproduce manuscript and rare books. Reader self service photography permitted.