The Library at London Transport Museum is open by appointment to anyone interested in finding out more about London's public transport - past, present and future.
Our full catalogue is not available online, but you can search over 4,000 of our more recent books via LibraryThing.com and browse through our online library or use the search options to find specific titles.
Our unique collection of over 12,000 books, journals and special collections covers:
- History of London and its public transport
- Buses, trams, trolleybuses, the Underground, railways, taxis and water transport
- Art, design, architecture and London's transport
- Transport for London, London Transport and their predecessors
- Public transport operation, policy and legislation
- Transport in other UK and world cities.
Use our journals and magazines to get up to date news and articles, or find out what the hot topics were in transport 100 years ago. See our Journals and magazines list340.75 KB for a full list of titles and dates. For information about specific journal issues or any other material held in the library please contact us.
These collections can be viewed by appointment at our Acton Depot
Frank Pick collection
This is a collection of material owned and written by Frank Pick (1878-1941), first Chief Executive of London Transport. Pick's influence on the look and development of London Transport was enormous and can still be seen today. He was particularly interested in art, architecture and design.
Frank Pick collection list.
A selection of items from this collection can be seen in our Online Museum.
Herbert and Albert Reinohl were two brothers with a passion for public transport. During a lifetime of collecting they filled 180 albums with material, mostly related to buses but also covering other types of public transport from the 19th century to the 1950s. Although primarily a ticket collection, it also includes illustrations, press cuttings, journal articles and other ephemera.
Reinohl album list
The Museum does not have any responsibility for formal personnel records. Surviving records are managed by TfL Historical Archives. The main source of information at the Museum for individual employees is our unique series of staff magazines dating back to 1913, with a single earlier example for 1907. Because many formal records have not survived, the staff magazines often provide the only remaining reference to individuals employed by the organisation. They also provide a revealing insight into the social and working lives of ordinary people across the organisation at different times. The magazines are partially indexed. Our information sheet summarises all the records available at the Museum. A visit to the Library can also be helpful for background research. It may, for example, help you identify which company your ancestor could have worked for and whether any records exist.
The official records for Transport for London, London Transport and predecessor companies are administered by Transport for London Corporate Archives Please contact them direct for information about surviving records.
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