"The Vintage Motor Cycle Club, with over 17,000 Members, united by a common appreciation of the engineering skills and vision of those who built the pioneer machines, has ensured that such machines are not preserved as lifeless exhibits in a museum, but are brought to life on frequent occasions in order that a new generation can marvel at the handiwork of the pioneers, and an older generation can once again view with nostalgia the machines they rode in days gone by."
This is probably the largest collection of paperwork dedicated to motorcycles in the world and is invaluable source of information and technical data for motorcycle enthusiasts. Although the library is accessible to all, members enjoy a discount on any charges associated with enquiries research or photocopies.
* Open to both members and non-members
* Open five days a week.
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There is an extensive collection of catalogues, instruction books, spare parts lists, runs of "Motor Cycle"; and "Motor Cycling"; and other magazines, programmes, drawings and books from the 1880's to the present day.
All library material is reference only, we do not loan anything out.
Most of the material can be photocopied or scanned unless too fragile or an infringement of copyright. We also hold the archives of various companies and individuals. We are working on a database of these and it will be available later.
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Following the generous gift of all the original factory records held by the science museum we now hold the surviving records of a very large part of the once mighty British motorcycle industry. We hold Ariel, BSA, Douglas Vespa, Gilera (c 1971-4), Levis, Norton, Royal Enfield up to 1920, Scott, Triumph, Velocette pre RS frames and late Zenith.
Our library is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am to 4 pm Friday for your enquiries by phone, post, fax or e-mail. Alternatively you can visit to facilitate your search for specialist archive material or simply to spend time reading the specialist books, pamphlets brochures, brochures and other literature. We aim to help whatever the motorcycle related query.
Visitors are very welcome, a map of how to get to the library is here. It is a good idea to ring the day before you intend to visit to check the staff will be available to help. The library is upstairs but has a stairlift should it be needed.
The library also includes an extensive collection of photographs of machines, riders and events. Already the world's foremost motorcycling library whether you are buying repairing restoring researching or registering, Try us first!
If you are sourcing parts or even learning to ride your bike this is where you will find the answers to virtually all your questions we are happy to tackle any motorcycle related query click here. We do not guarantee an answer but we try very hard to help and can often suggest other sources if needs be.