National Coal Mining Museum for England Library

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National Coal Mining Museum for England Library

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About the library

The NCMME Library has been described as a Collection of National Importance by the British Library. The collection is made up of material from many individuals as well as material from the collections of the former nationalised coal industry along with the libraries of Institutes of Further Education that offered mining-related courses. We hold runs of important journals as well as HM Mines Inspectors Reports from c1880, HSE and BCURA publications and a good selection of mining-related fiction. We continue to add to the collection by purchase and donation.

We cover social history, legislation, technical information including shaft sinking, coal-getting, transport, coal processing, mine ventilation and safety as well as geology and regeneration of former coal-mining areas ; we have a good collection of trade literature of coal-mining machinery.

The full local library catalogue OPAC is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No, we are a reference only library.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. We are open Wednesday 13.00 to 16.00, Thursday and Friday 10.00 to 12.30 and 13.00 to 16.00 every week. In addition we open the first time Saturday and Sunday fall together in the month (times as for Thursday and Friday).


National Coal Mining Museum data on Copac

Example record from the National Coal Mining Museum:

Lucas IP.1000 hydraulic pump performance data. data sheet IP.1000 pump

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