National Railway Museum Library and Archives (Search Engine)

Contact details

Website: Tel: 08448 153139

Photo of the National Railway Museum Library

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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 20 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 7 days a week 10.00-5.30. Accessing the Library Collection does not require an appointment. For accessing archival items, an appointment is not always necessary. It is however 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? Unfortunately we are not currently able to offer this service. However, if you wish to discuss the possibility of placing a photocopy order please contact us and we will try and assist.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Search the Library catalogue for official statistics and accident reports. A list of online research tools are maintained on our website. For information on the archive collections, please see the website.