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The Library

The Club Library is entered through the Churchill Bar on the ground floor. It was started in 2002 following a very large donation of books by the aviation artist Frank Wootton. The collection has steadily grown and there are now almost 3500 books related to aviation and the story of the Royal Air Force from the First World War to the present day.

The library is managed by a small team of volunteers who are normally present on Thursdays from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. They will be happy to show you around the library, explain its workings and demonstrate the borrowing procedure.

To contact the Librarians, please email library@rafclub.org.uk

The Catalogue

The catalogue is directly accessible online or on the two Apple computers in the Library. Searching is simple, instructions are included and are set out on the computer desks.

The books are arranged in broad categories, including Aircraft, Commands, Squadrons, Operational Techniques and Campaigns, include books on the two world wars, the Suez Crisis, the Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, the Falklands, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Libya, to mention but a few. There is also a large collection of biographies and memoirs and a new section containing lighter reading and fiction.

For those who prefer to browse the shelves, there are diagrams showing the locations of the various categories on the computer desks and by the door to the Churchill Bar.

Download the Categories

Using the Library

Procedure for borrowing books

Members are welcome to borrow books at any time. Simply fill in a Loan Sheet (to be found on the librarian’s desk) and place it in the box provided. Books should be returned within a month.

When returning books by hand, please remember to return them to Reception, not the Library. The librarians will collect and re-shelve them when on duty. If you are not revisiting the Club, please return books by post.

Members staying at the Club
You may borrow books to read in your room. No loan form is needed – simply return the books to Reception.

New additions to the Library
If you would like to suggest a book for purchase or have a query, please email in the first instance library@rafclub.org.uk. 
Whilst the Library team welcome offers of donations, please do not send books until the librarians have confirmed that they do not duplicate works already in the library.

Download the Catalogue

Autumn 2020

Catalogue Ref/Title/Author                                              

 

F15 SKI - 3474

Escape from Singapore 1942: An incredible voyage through enemy waters, Ian Skidmore
 

A2 3491

Shackleton Boys Vol 2, Steve Bond


F15 3490

The First Helicopter Boys: The Early Days of Helicopter Operations. Malaya 1947-60, David Taylor

 

B3 3489

RAF West Malling: The RAF’s first night fighter airfield, WW1 to the Cold War, Anthony J Moor


B4 3487

Russian Tactical Aviation since 2001, Yefim Gordon & Dmitriy Komissarov


H1 3495

Rate of Climb: Thrilling Personal Reminiscences from a Fighter Pilot and Leader, Air Commodore Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE AFC

 

A1 3494

Lancaster The Forging of a Very British Legend, John Nichol

 

H3 3488

Fighters in the Blood: The Story of a Spitfire Pilot & the Son who Followed in his Footsteps, Air Marshal “Black” Robertson

 

H1 3497 
Trebie: A true story of life in the RAF as an Armourer before, during WW2, Richard S Trebilco