National Railway Museum Library and Archives (Search Engine)

Contact details

Website: Tel: 08448 153139

Photo of the National Railway Museum Library

Image copyright: National Railway Museum

About the library

The library and archive collections at the National Railway Museum form one of the largest resources of railway and transport history in the world. The Library Collection is international in scope and covers all time periods.

  • Over 23 thousand books and 800 journal titles, of which 300 are current subscriptions
  • Railway company works archives and drawings
  • Official publications and publicity such as Accident Reports, holiday guides, timetables and tickets
  • Technical records describing locomotive performance and design Extensive photographic, art and poster collection

The National Railway Museum's catalogue forms part of the University of York library catalogue, which is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • National Railway Museum: F5

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. We are open 4 days a week Wednesday through to Saturday. Please check our website for opening hours: Accessing the Library Collection does not require an appointment. For accessing archival items, a week’s notice is appreciated and it is advisable to contact us in advance of a visit so we can ensure the material required is available and that we have space for you in our research rooms. To view archival documents reader registration will be required, so please bring photo identification such as a drivers’ license or passport. For further information on what we have available, please see our website:

Can I request items via inter-library loan? No, items are reference only.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Research assistance tips are available on our website:


National Railway Museum data on Copac

Example record from the National Railway Museum:

The Skipton-Colne railway and the Barnoldswick branch / Donald Binns.
  Published: Skipton : Trackside 1995

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.