National Aerospace Library

The National Aerospace Library is one of the world's most extensive libraries devoted to the development of aeronautics, aviation and aerospace technology.  Based in Farnborough, Hampshire, it is a reference library for the general public, though many thousands of books are also available to Society members to take out on loan.  For library opening times and contact details, please visit our library catalogue.

The library catalogue offers quick and easy searching of over 100,000 items held in the library.  Many entries also include abstracts, book reviews and links to digital content. 

Whether you require material on the Airbus A350 XWB, the removal of space debris, the F136 engine programme, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs), boundary layer separation or the 18th century balloonist Vincenzo Lunardi, your research needs can be easily accommodated.  

Searches can be undertaken using a single term or a combination of terms, with variant spellings easily accommodated with results delivered in seconds.

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To learn about the history of the National Aerospace Library and its holdings, click here.  A guide to some of the key collections held at the National Aerospace Library is available as a series of PDFs from the Special Collections section

An informative podcast on our collections, based on an interview with Chief Librarian, Brian Riddle, is available below or via Xtended's episode listing. (Note that the interview commences approximately halfway through the programme, following a discussion about recent projects by Airbus.)