National Aerospace Library

Visitor''s address: The Hub, Fowler Avenue, Farnborough Business Park, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 7JP

England, United Kingdom

E-mail address:
+44 (0)1252 701038/60
Opening hours:

Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am-4pm.

Access conditions: Accessible to the public
Disabled access: Facilities for disabled people are available
Facilities for disabled people:

Ramps from library to car parking spaces and disabled toilet close by.

Searchroom: 11 places
Public internet access: Available

The National Aerospace Library is one of the world's most extensive libraries devoted to the development of aeronautics, aviation and aerospace technology. The RAeS library houses rare book collections, contemporary journals and books, and a repository of aviation images and photographs. E-books are also available to members of the RAeS.

Library: 80,000 books, 1,200 titles
Refreshment area:

Cafe close by.

Guided tours:

Group tours available on request

Archival and other holdings:

The archive of the Royal Aeronautical Society not only includes minute books and membership records, but also includes an invaluable historic letters collection correspondence with many of the influential names in nineteenth and early twentieth century aeronautics including the Wright Brothers, Samuel Cody, Samuel Langley, Octave Chanute, Lawrence Hargrave, J.W. Dunne, A.V Row, Lord Rayleigh, Sir Frederick Handley Page, Santos Dumont, Gustav Lilienthal, F.W. Lanchester, James Glaisher and Sir Geoffrey de Havilland. The NAL also cares for personal collection of many of its Fellows and others, including Sir George Cayley, CG Grey, BFS Baden Powell, Harald Penrose and Percy Pilcher. It also provides a home for material from the British & Colonial Aircraft Company, the Bristol Aviation Company, the Civil Aviation Authority Library and the Society of British Aircraft Constructors.

Date(s) of the holdings: 1780 - 2001
History of the archive:

The Royal Aeronautical Society was formed in 1866 to pursue “Man’s dream to conquer flight”. Since then the Society has become a home for aerospace professionals and pioneers who are interested in perfecting man experience of operating above ground level. These include engineers, pilots, airline operators, balloonists, lawyers, astronautical engineers, UAVs and doctors. The Society's library, now called the National Aerospace Library, contains the archive of the Society together with the personal collection of many of its Fellows and others, together with material from a number of corporate collections

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Type of archive:

Specialised non-governmental archives and archives of other cultural (heritage) institutions

Last update: 03.06.2020
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