Library and Archive

The Library within the Pall Mall clubhouse houses one of the best resourced motoring and motorsport collections in the country.

Open 24/7 to Club members, staff are on duty Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, to assist members with any enquiry, motoring or non-motoring.

Occupying a fine, north-facing room on the first floor, the quiet atmosphere of the library enables the member to relax, read and undertake research. A range on newspapers and periodicals is provided. And members are welcome to use their devices (on silent mode) within the library.

Exceptionally, a non-member may be invited to the library for research purposes (by prior appointment only).

Club Archive

A visit to the Club Archive, located at Westminster City Archives (close to Westminster Abbey), by either a member or non-member can be arranged, by prior appointment only. For further information, please email heritage@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.

Search the Collections

The heritage catalogue draws together through a single portal all library and archive holdings on a particular subject. The heritage collections comprise books, periodicals, paintings, trophies, badges, photographs, and other ephemera (such as menus of social dinners), as well as papers of corporate, personal, and affiliated bodies, minutes of Club committee meetings, and much other historic motoring and motorsport related material. Prominent items include the papers of the Club’s founder, Frederick Simms, as well as documentation of the ground-breaking 1000 Miles Trial of 1900, and the evergreen Tourist Trophy race.