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

Library News - Summer 2022

All the books in the catalogue are listed on the two Apple computers at the far end of the library. They also contain a facility to search for a book either by its title or by the author’s name.
Recent additions to the stock include:

H1 CAM - 3596    
Sydney Camm - Hurricane and Harrier Designer, John Sweetman

H1 WHI - 3598
Jet Man - The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution, Duncan 
Campbell-Smith

H1 WIL-3599
Rhapsody in Blue - An RAF Fighter Pilot’s Life During the Cold War, Graham Williams

H3 PIT-3603
The Daily Telegraph - Airmen’s Obituaries (Book Three), Graham Pitchfork (ed)

F9 NAP
Korean Air War - Sabres, Migs and Meteors, Michael Napier

F16 DEA
Hunters Over Arabia - Hawker Hunter Operations in the Middle East, Ray Deacon

H1 3610 MAT
Call Sign Chaos - Learning to Lead, Jim Mattis & Bing West

F2 RUSI
The Future of NATO Air Power, RUSI Whitehall Paper 94