Please note the Library is currently closed

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

Summer/Autumn 2020

Catalogue Ref/Title/Author                                              

 

F15 SKI - 3474

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

H3 DeC - QF 32

The Airbus 380 incident ex Singapore in November 2010, Richard De Crespigny

 

B5 SHE - 3493

Women on the Front Line: British Servicewomen’s Path to Combat, Kathleen Sherit

 

A5 CHA - 3485

Global Defense: Procurement and the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, Bert Chapman

 

F7 DEA - 3494

Tales from the Frontline: Middle East Hunter Squadrons, (8,43 & 208 Squadrons; 1417 Flight)

 

H1 SHU -1241

Slide Rule (Replacing missing copy), The Autobiogaphy of Nevil Shute