Library

The Museum Library holds a unique collection of over 14,000 books, journals and special collections covering the development of public transport in London – past, present and future. The collection covers:

  • The history of London and its public transport
  • Buses, trams, trolleybuses, the Underground, railways, taxis, cycling, river transport, street management and walking
  • Art, design, and architecture
  • Transport for London, London Transport and predecessor companies
  • Public transport operation, policy and legislation
  • Transport in other UK and world cities.

Library catalogue

You can search nearly 6,000 of our more recent books via LibraryThing

In Librarything, click on ‘Your Library’ at the top of the page, then use ’Search this library’ in the top right hand corner to find authors and titles, or do keyword searches. Our full catalogue is not available online, so if you are unable to locate relevant material please contact us. 

Reading lists

See our reading lists for recommended books on these topics:

London's transport history
London buses and coaches
London trams and trolleybuses
London's Underground

Journals

Use our journals and magazines to get up to date news and articles, or find out what people were talking about 100 years ago. For information about specific journal issues or any other material held in the library please contact us.

Journals and magazines list [340 KB]

Special collections

These collections can be viewed by appointment at our Acton Depot on the first Tuesday of each month:  

Frank Pick collection

This collection contains the personal papers of Frank Pick (1878-1941), Managing Director of the Underground Electric Railway Companies of London Ltd (UERL) from 1928-33 and Vice Chairman of the London Passenger Transport Board from 1933-40. The collection forms part of the Library collection at London Transport Museum (LTM) and is stored at the Museum Depot at Acton.

The Library at the Museum in Covent Garden contains a separate collection of published material by, and about Frank Pick. Researchers often find it useful to consult this material before requesting access to the collection at Acton.

For all appointments, contact the Library. Please supply at least three dates when you are able to visit. If you are coming from overseas it is essential you contact us well in advance so that a suitable day and time can be arranged, particularly for visits to Acton.

Please note, under UK copyright law, unpublished typescript or manuscript items in this collection are in copyright until 2039 and cannot be copied. Published items can be copied, subject to completion of a copyright declaration form, copying restrictions, and the Museum’s camera policy agreement.

Below is a list of the Frank Pick collection at Acton Depot. Items marked ON DISPLAY IN MUSEUM GALLERY are not available for consultation but can be seen at the Museum in Covent Garden. Items transferred to the TfL Corporate Archives in the 1990s are indicated in the list and may be accessed at the TfL Corporate Archives office by appointment.

Frank Pick collection list [504 KB]

Frank Pick material at the Transport for London Corporate Archives

For details of papers held by Transport for London Corporate Archives, see the TfL website
Research Guide No 12: Frank Pick Papers.

For more information about archives or to enquire about appointments, please contact TfL Corporate Archives

Reinohl collection

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 [328 KB]

Borough books

In partnership with libraries and archives around London the ‘Borough books’ project uncovers the transport story in London's boroughs, using images and sources from the Museum and local collections. Four booklets about different areas of the Capital have been produced:

To find out more about the history of public transport in your area contact your local archive or local history library. A full listing can be found on The National Archives website.

Generations: Celebrating 50 years of Caribbean recruitment

In 2006 Transport for London marked the 50th anniversary of London Transport's recruitment of staff from the Caribbean by producing the ‘Generations’ book in partnership with the Museum. Download the book and learn about the experiences of staff who migrated to London to work on the buses and Underground. Their stories are told in their own words and illustrated with images from the Museum's collection.

Generations: celebrating 50 years of Caribbean recruitment [3.88 MB]

To find out more about Museum Library opening hours and making appointments, see our visiting page.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7280
Email: [email protected]