research overview

library mission

The Library & Archives of the San Diego Air & Space Museum actively encourages the use of the Museum's research materials to further the public's education of aviation and space history and technology. The mission statement of the Library & Archives reflects this goal:

The mission of the Library & Archives at the San Diego Air & Space Museum is to collect, preserve, and make available for research published, documentary, and visual materials that chronicle the development of Air & Space technology and experience.

about the library

The Library & Archives serves as repository for several types of historical and contemporary publications and records related to aviation and space history, and including technical specifications of aircraft. The main focus of this world class collection is aviation-related materials with an emphasis on aerospace vehicles, events, and individuals associated with the geographical area of San Diego, California.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives houses one of the largest collections of Air & Space-related books and archival materials in the country. This extensive collection, which includes many unique and rare items, consists of books, periodicals, films and video tapes, audio tapes (including oral histories), manuals, plus a very large number of photos, personal and organizational papers, clippings, articles, and other archival materials.

For detailed information on the Library's holdings, please visit the "Collections" section of this website.

who can use the library?

The Library and Archives is open to Museum staff, volunteers and docents, Museum members, academic researchers, students, and aviation enthusiasts. Cost of using the Library and Archives is reflected in Museum admission and is free for Museum members, although fees will be charged for photocopies and image reproductions.

library hours

Tuesday to Friday, 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Closed on Mondays, weekends, federal holidays, and for some Museum functions. Prior appointments are required: 619-234-8291, x125, or contact us by email

book sale

The Library and Archives sells its surplus books through various venues: the museum store, on-line, and at our on-site "Friends of the Library" Bookstore now open 12-4 on Mondays. To visit our store, please call 619-234-8291 x125 to make an appointment. All proceeds benefit the Library and Archives' various projects such as photo digitization and preservation as well as general operating expenses.
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online catalog

The San Diego Air & Space Museum's extensive Library & Archives collections may be searched using AeroCat, the Museum's online catalog. Books, journal titles, oral histories, films and videos, albums and scrapbooks, and other materials are now accessible. Several films and significant portions of some of the albums have been digitized and are available through links in AeroCat. Additional archival materials are being processed and will soon be added to the catalog.
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library newsletter

Read about the latest news in the library & archives.
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newest publication

Celebrating San Diego Air & Space Museum

The Museum is thrilled to announce a new publication: Celebrating San Diego Air & Space Museum. This illustrated guidebook shares not just the history of the institution, but brings to...
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