The National Maritime Museum Library in Greenwich is one of the largest maritime reference libraries in the world. It is currently housed in the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum, but will be moving to a new facility next year.
The collection consists of an electronic collection and 2D objects such as manuscripts, charts, journals, rare books, and ephemera. Some of the subjects covered by the collection include navigation, piracy, astronomy, voyages, exploration, naval architecture, the merchant navy, the royal navy, and genealogical sources. In short, if it has something to do with British seafaring, it is probably within the scope of the library’s collection.
The library is open to the public, but is only open for limited hours (3 days a week) right now. Hours should be expanded after the move to the new facility. When the library is open at full capacity, it receives 3-4 thousand visitors a year. Many of the users are researching genealogy or family history.
The library staff is available to assist users in person and by phone and email. A pamphlet about useful resources for genealogical resources is also available.