All visitors to the Museum are welcome to use the Library for research or browse through a selection of books in the study, including children's books on coal mining.  


The Library holds a wealth of information on the history of coal mining in England - not only the geographical and technical aspects of mining coal, but also the social, economic and political aspect of the industry and the communities it touched.

Topics include:

  • Mining disasters
  • Conditions in mines and mining communities
  • Coal - production statistics
  • Unions
  • Welfare
  • Training
  • Mining technology
  • Regeneration
  • Mining today
  • Individual mines

The collection holds current mining journals and journals from the nineteenth century as well as rare books dating from the 1700s, these include De Re Metallica which is not only the Library's oldest book but also the oldest artefact on site at the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

The Library holds special collections such as the Eastwood Collection and the Coal Meters Collection.

Please click here to access our Online Library Catalogue.


Please note, our library opening times have changed for 2020

Library Opening Times for visitors (2020):

Monday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:00 - 16:00

Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:30 & 13:00 - 16:00


The library is staffed by a part time librarian who can assist you with your coal mining enquiry. You are welcome to visit during our opening times or you can contact the librarian by telephone, letter or email.

Contact Details:

Tel: 01924 848806
Address: National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, W. Yorkshire, WF4 4RH

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