Birmingham City Council

Science Library - Transport


We have a collection of over 8,000 reference books covering road, air, sea and space transport, plus a selection of more than 5,000 car and motorcycle manuals in our reference collection. We have a smaller selection of approximately 1,500 workshop manuals displayed on our open shelves which are available for loan. These are added to regularly and we purchase copies of all new 'Haynes' manuals as they are published.

We also maintain a car road test index covering road tests, new car reports, long term and comparison tests from 'Autocar', 'What Car?' and a variety of other sources. You can come in and photocopy these or order them via e-mail. We have access to the 'Virtual Automotive Information Centre' database. You will need to visit the Science Library to use this. It provides fast, regular access to up-to-date automotive information.

Rootes Loan Collection
This newly created collection is housed in the Science library on the 5th floor.It comprises of over 200 workshop manuals, handbooks and books covering vehicles built by the Rootes group, its predecessors and immediate successors. The attached list provides full details of all items available within the collection. You may borrow a maximum of 8 items for a period of 4 weeks. Find out how to join the library

The main classification numbers for transport are:-

623.746 Military aircraft

623.8 Marine engineering

625.1 - 625.6 Railway engineering

625.19 Railway modelling

629.133 Aircraft

629.2222 Cars

629.2272 Bicycles

629.2275 Motorcycles

629.25 Automobile engines

629.2832 Driving

629.28822 Automobile repair

629.4 Spaceflight

Related Resources

Resources on transport history and policy can be found in the Social Sciences Library along with a number of special collections. These include the Wingate-Bett transport ticket collection and the LMS railway company & BR (residual) law library.

Local Studies houses collections of local interest on railways,canals, buses and trams.

Birmingham City Archives has information on transport in a number of special collections including Boulton & Watt, BSA and the Metro-Cammell archive.

Acocks Green Library has a comprehensive railway collection.


The Science Library holds a wide range of journals covering the subject of transport. Please see the main Library catalogue.

Recommended Websites

MIRA website.

Website of Parkers, publishers of the renowned car price guide.

Website of the Coventry Transport Museum.

Federation of Austin Clubs website.

Website of the popular automobile journal, Autocar.

Website of Practical Classics, classic car journal.

Website of the popular automobile journal.

Birmingham and Midland Museum of Motor Transport

Aston Manor Transport Museum

Cosford RAF Museum

Vintage Trains - an operational subsidiary of The Birmingham Railway Museum Trust

National Motorcycle Museum

Coventry Transport Museum

The 2548 Group - site devoted to Birmingham buses

Resources for Transport Research
Social Sciences Library
Local Studies and History
Birmingham City Archives
Acocks Green Library
Workshop Manuals
Road Test Index
Virtual Automotive Information Centre


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