The Bartlett Library houses a diverse collection of maritime reference books, periodicals and archive material for public consultation and reference, admission free.
The resources in the library contain information on many types of boat and their construction and usage, and help to provide deeper knowledge and understanding of our maritime heritage and the maritime heritage of Cornwall.
The core of the library collection was donated by J. V. Bartlett Esq., whose interest in all types of maritime craft prompted him to start a library collection in 1945. Since this time this collection has grown to include around 19,000 maritime reference books.
The Book Collection
The library's core collection falls within three main categories.
Private researchers are very welcome. A range of finding aids for researchers are currently being developed. Amongst these are the database of Vessels built in Cornwall between 1776 and 1914; databases on the Falmouth Packet Service, its ships, commanders and routes; and a rapidly expanding index to yachting and related magazines.
The library holds a growing collection of archive material including;
Conserving the books
Many of the books are rare or original. Specialist cleaning and conservation work is carried out by a dedicated team of Heritage volunteers from the Falmouth Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
Visiting the Library
The Bartlett Library is open free to the public for maritime research. Personal vistors wishing to make use of the library facilities should ask for directions at the Museum's enquiry desk in the entrance foyer.
Tuesday to Saturday 10 to 5 pm. Closed SUNDAY & MONDAY.
The library team of dedicated volunteers are pleased to try and answer any maritime queries. Brief enquiries can be answered by telephone on 01326 214579 during advertised opening hours. A voice-mail service is on-line out of hours, and may be operating during busy periods. You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal enquiries should be addressed to; Bartlett Library Enquiries, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY
Please note: within the expertise of the volunteers on duty, enquiries are dealt with in strict order of receipt. We normally respond to queries within three to four weeks of receipt.