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.
Opened as a public reference library in January 2008, the National Aerospace Library at IQ Farnborough
(the former Royal Aircraft Establishment building) houses a comprehensive selection including over 20,000 books and much more. 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 30-minute podcast on our collections, based on an interview with Chief Librarian, Brian Riddle, is available at the following sites:
"Xtended" aviation programme
This recording provides a useful guide to the various historic collections held within the library, followed by a discussion of the Library's importance as an aviation archive. Note that the NAL feature begins approximately halfway through the programme, following a discussion of Airbus' latest projects.
Highlights of the Library collections are listed below:
- Extensive runs of the Society's prestigious publications, The Aeronautical Journal, Aerospace International and The Aerospace Professional.
- 1000's of back-issues of key aviation journals from around the world including bound runs of Flight, The Aeroplane, Interavia, Air et Cosmos, Aero Digest, Flying, Aircraft etc.
- Numerous other journal titles including all journal publications from the AIAA (and its predecessors), many of these titles held as bound runs for reference.
- Over 40,000 technical reports from aeronautical research establishments from around the world from 1909 onwards, including AGARD / ARC / ARL / DLR / ESA / ESRO / FFA / ISAS / NACA / NASA / NLR / NRC / ONERA / TAE / UTIAS and some of the major Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) technical report series.
- Extensive holdings of Air Publications, ATA handling notes and air accident reports.
- The Air Pilot/UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) from August 1948 through to 1999/The UK Topographical Air Charts from the mid-1950s.
- A complete set of Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, plus other volumes from the Jane’s series.
- Historically important past minutes of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors/Aerospace Companies (SBAC) Council and its various committees committees dating from 1916 - 2000.
Expert staff are available to assist enquirers. For further details on the Library and its collection, please contact us on:
Tel: +44 (0)1252 701038 / 701060
The National Aerospace Library is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am - 4pm
Visitors to the Library will also have the opportunity to use the facilities of The Aviators licensed cafe bar and see nearby the striking restored metal structure of a former airship hangar.