Royal Museums Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Caird Library

Contact details

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Photo of Caird Library

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About the library

The National Maritime Museum, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, is the largest maritime museum in the world. It houses important holdings on the history of Britain at sea, totalling nearly 2.5 million items, including maritime art, cartography, ship models, scientific and navigational instruments, and manuscripts, and the world's largest maritime reference library. The Museum's Archive & Library collections are a nationally and internationally important resource, with items as diverse as rare books, diaries, log books, letters, manuscripts, maps and charts. As a Place of Deposit designated by the National Archives, the collections contain important public records including in-letters of the Board of Admiralty, Lieutenants' logs of the Navy Board, and crew lists and Certificates of Competency and Service (Masters' certificates) of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.

The National Maritime Museum's Archive and Library collections are searchable through their archive and library catalogues.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No. Holdings information is not available on Copac for the Caird Library. The Caird Library is a specialist reference library and only a small proportion of the library holdings are duplicates. Readers must register to use our online ordering system, Aeon, to request library items in advance of their visit. This will save time in advance of your visit. The booking system ensures that material is available at a time when readers need it. Readers will be informed if material is unavailable to avoid a wasted visit.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No, the Caird Library is a reference only library, to ensure that as many library items remain available to our readers as possible at all times.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. To request items to view in the Library, please register at Aeon. See also guidance on using Aeon

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? The National Maritime Museum's Archive and Library collections are searchable through both our online archive catalogue and our library catalogue. All National Maritime Museum Archive and Library collection items are available for readers to consult in our new Caird Library.


Visit planning information and a map are available on the National Maritime Museum website.

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National Maritime Museum data on Copac

Example record from the National Maritime Museum:

Voyages of the Dutch brig of war Dourga, through the southern and little-known parts of the Moluccan Archipelago, and along the previously unknown southern coast of New Guinea, performed during the years 1825 & 1826, by D.H. Kolff ; translated from the Dutch by George Windsor Earl. / [By Kolff, D. H.]
  Published: London : Madden 1840

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