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, we neighbour the Farnborough Airshow site and next door to the former Royal Aircraft Establishment Q121 building which houses the listed 24ft Low Speed Wind Tunnel.

Aviation past, present and future

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.

Search the Collections

Search over 100,000 books, articles, reports and images in the library.  


Free access to the collections for all. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. 

Update: Please note, we will be closed from 12.45 pm on Friday 9th October 2015.

RAeS members can also borrow some material, access our postal loan service and use other engineering libraries.

Library news

Read the latest news from the National Aerospace Library.

Heritage Collection

We are delighted that some of the treasures of our collection are now accessible online via our new heritage website.  Through this site, we aim to bring to life some of the great figures of aviation history, and the work that led us to where we are today.  We hope that it inspires you to learn more about our collections.

Support the NAL

Help us to preserve our aerospace heritage by adopting a book, purchasing a framed image or buying an exclusive NAL tie.

Contact us

A qualified librarian with expert knowledge is available to consult during opening hours.

Highlights of the collection

Hear about the gems held at the NAL with an interview with our 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.)