Come and join us at the National Aerospace Library event for Heritage Open Days, the national event that gives people the opportunity to explore our past. You will be able to hear about the gems from the library’s collection, learn how our volunteers conserve our material for future generations and have a chance to explore the material on our shelves.
There will be half an hour ‘eye-opener’ talks at 11:00, 12:00 & 3:00 when one of our librarians will talk about some of the highlights of our collection and there will be short tours of the library at 11.30, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 & 3.30.
Since its formation in 1866, the Library of the Royal Aeronautical Society has evolved into the National Aerospace Library (NAL) to become one of the world's major collections, tracing the evolution of man's attempts to conquer flight. We hold over 100,000 books, pamphlets, reports, plans and images on aeroplanes, hot air ballooning, drones, aerial warfare, gliding, aeromodelling, and much, much more.
Parking for the event only can be found behind the Q121 Wind tunnel off Hall Road on the Farnborough Business Park. Enter the Business Park via North Gate Road just off the A325 and go straight ahead. Pass the Gloster Pub on your left and Hall Road is the next road on your left. Disabled parking is available behind the Library. Enter Farnborough Business Park from the Sulzers Roundabout on the A327 and turn left onto O'Gorman Ave just before the Airship hanger. Park in the National Aerospace Library bays on the right just before the barrier.
If you would like to visit the NAL but cannot visit on Thursday 8th September, the library is open for members and non-members from 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Friday and you can look at some the best items from our collections via our Heritage website.
For more information on the NAL, and how you can access your material from Farnborough or from home, please visit the NAL website.