The EAA Library is open to EAA members and the public on Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and weekends by special appointment.
The library’s collection has been accumulating since the beginning of EAA itself in 1953. Members began donating items they felt would assist EAA in serving the aviation community and preserving aviation’s history. Over the years the collection became quite large, but was not organized for easy access.
When the present EAA AirVenture Museum facility was built at Oshkosh in 1983, provisions were made to accommodate the library materials. Serious efforts to catalog the collection were undertaken in 1984 and by 1985 the library was open for business.
Of special interest to researchers, the collection includes the following:
- An almost complete set of Jane's All The Worlds Aircraft, beginning with a reprint of the first volume from 1909
- A complete set of The Aircraft Yearbook, beginning with the first volume from 1919
- Several volumes of Aerosphere, a very valued reference tool, the earliest volume dated 1939
- Copies of the Bibliography of Aeronautics, published by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) compiled by Paul Brockett