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. It has steadily grown and there are now over 3000 books related to aviation and the story of the Royal Air Force from the First World War to the present day.

The subjects include aircraft, the organisations (Commands, Squadrons, Services, etc.), Operational Techniques, Equipment, Training, Engineering, Campaigns (World War 1, World War 2 and Post-World War 2, including events right up to the present day).

The shelves now include books on The Suez Crisis, The Cold War, Vietnam, Korea, The Falklands, The Gulf War, Afghanistan and Libya, to mention but a few.

Using the Library

The catalogue is directly accessible in the Library from the two members' computers there. It has a search facility, and can be sorted by serial number, category, title or author. There is also a hard copy on the librarians' desk.

Procedure for borrowing books

Members are welcome to borrow books at any time. The Library is managed by a small team of volunteers, some of whom are normally there on Thursdays from 11.00 a.m. until 3.00pm, and they will be happy to demonstrate the borrowing procedure. Fill in a No Carbon Required slip giving the details needed. The NCR slip creates two copies – one (white) for the librarians' records, to be left on the librarians' desk, and one (yellow) to be handed in at reception when the member leaves the Club.

When returning books by hand, please remember to return them to reception, not to the Library. The librarians will collect and re-shelve them when on duty.

Members staying at the Club

You may borrow books to read in your room. No loan form is needed – simply return the book to the shelf it came from, or to the librarians' desk for them to replace on the shelves.