Visiting the Library

The Library is open by appointment Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00 pm.

Our website’s contact form is down as of May 2, 2016. To make an appointment: please call the Museum at 310-548-7618, and ask for the Library. You may also wish to ask your research question at the time you call.

The Library has Open Hours on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (last entry 3:30 pm) when no appointment is necessary.


Scan of cover art from “American Explorations in the Ice Zones” by J.E. Nourse, 1884


The Library serves the staff of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the San Pedro Community, Museum members, maritime history scholars and members of the public who share an interest in maritime history.

We offer access to our Library and Special Collections by appointment and can locate materials for you prior to your visit. An appointment will reserve our Reading Room for your research.

An appointment will assure you adequate space in which to view materials, take notes, etc. It will also assure you that materials you request will be reserved for you prior to your visit. The Library offers Special Open Hours when no appointment is necessary for viewing the catalog, books and pamphlets on Wednesday afternoons unless otherwise posted. Please call the Library at 310-548-7618, extension 215.

Library appointments are made by sending a request to the Library.

Please call the Library at 310-548-7618 ext. 215 with your research questions before your visit. Many questions can be facilitated with online resources or by requesting specific information by phone or email.