The Museum Library holds a unique collection of over 15,000 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.
Please see Library visiting for information about accessing the library.
Over 6,000 of the books in our library are available to search via Collections Online.
Our full catalogue is not available online, so if you cannot find what you are looking for or wish to discuss your research please contact us.
See our reading lists for recommended books on these topics:
Use our large collection of 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.
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 (LPTB) 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 Albany House 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.
Please note, under UK copyright law, unpublished typescript or manuscript items in the Frank Pick collection are in copyright until 2039 and cannot be copied. Published items can be copied with the permission of the librarian and within the exceptions to copyright.
Below is a list of the Frank Pick collection items at Acton Depot. Items transferred to the TfL Corporate Archives in the 1990s are indicated in the list and may be accessed at the TfL Corporate Archives by appointment.
Frank Pick material at the Transport for London Corporate Archives
For details of papers created by Frank Pick in his capacity as Managing Director of UERL and Vice Chairman of LPTB held by Transport for London (TfL) Corporate Archives, please see their Research Guide No 12.
For contact, visiting and other information please see the Transport for London Corporate Archives website.
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.
You can find a range of information resources available to explore on our website.
Search our Collections Online to find films, photographs, maps and other items in our collections to support your research. Choose the Library collection to search over 6,000 of our library books or browse Information to read online essays on topics from Victorian transport to poster design.
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. 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.
Tales of travelling and working in the Capital from members of the London Irish Centre. In this magazine participants of workshops led by London Transport Museum recall their experiences of living in London and working or travelling on London’s transport.
In partnership with libraries and archives around London the ‘Borough books’ project uncovered the transport story in four London boroughs, using images and sources from the Museum and local collections. Four booklets about different areas of the Capital were 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.