Rich history

The library of the Maritime Museum has the oldest and most comprehensive maritime collection in the Netherlands. The library was established in 1857. At that time, it was still a small collection of books in the models room of the Royal Dutch Yacht Club. By now, the library has grown into a comprehensive scientific and valuable collection. In addition to international literature on shipping, shipbuilding, port and offshore, the museum library manages a number of extensive book and magazine collections, including the collection of old prints by Rotterdam collector Dr. W.A. Engelbrecht.


The library is the place to find out more about maritime topics. It is the meeting place for research and for browsing through history, but also to find out what is currently happening in the maritime field. For example, for research on ships, you can use the extensive collection of registers containing construction data about sea and inland vessels.

View and search our collection online >

The collection and library of the Maritime Museum Rotterdam can be consulted online. 

The handwritten registers of the Scheepsmetingsdienst are also available online (in Dutch) >

These registers have been digitized by the Maritime Museum Rotterdam in collaboration with a large group of volunteers and the Landelijke Vereniging tot Behoud van het Historisch Bedrijfsvaartuig.Bibliotheek