The Museum of Flight’s Harl V. Brackin Memorial Library is one of the most complete and publicly accessible aviation and space repositories in the country. Containing 30,000 books, 60,000 journal issues, 14,000 aircraft and accessory manuals, 6,850 British and United States aviation technical reports, and an extensive clipping file, it is a popular and useful resource for researchers, aviation enthusiasts, students, model-makers, and authors.

Library materials are for reference use only and cannot be checked out.

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To access materials in the Library, visit the Dahlberg Reading Room at The Museum of Flight Research Center.

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Library Donations

Beginning in January 2018, the Harl V. Brackin Library will temporarily stop accepting donations of library material while we work on processing and cataloging previously donated items. We will update this page at a later date when we are again accepting new donations to the library. Please contact Supervisory Librarian Chris Stanton at 206-768-7160 or with any questions.

Library Sale

The library occasionally removes books from the collection that are duplicates or no longer fit the mission of the library. These books are for sale in the library and can be purchased any time the Dahlberg Reading Room is open: Monday – Thursday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We are closed for major holidays and every second Friday of the month for collections care activities. Please contact us ahead of time to ensure we will be open during your visit. Contact Chris Stanton at 206-768-7160 or if you have any questions.

Library & Collections Notice

The Library is in the process of rehousing and cataloging its extensive Manuals Collection, which includes aircraft, engine, accessory and operation manuals. During the project, access to the Manuals Collection will be restricted and we anticipate the project to be completed in 2018.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Supervisory Librarian Chris Stanton at 206-768-7160 or

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Museums for America Grant MA-31-14-0212-14. For more information about the Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Museums for America Grant, please visit IMLS at