The Lang Education Center & Library is the educational repository that fuels the Museum's programs, exhibits and educational services. The Lang Library is a research library containing 5000 book volumes and 3,000 periodicals, paintings, prints and ephemera, 7,000 photographs and negatives, laser disks containing 600,000 photographs from the collection of the National Air and Space Museum, a film and video library, living history tapes and manuscripts. These collections are supplemented by more than 500 textile and clothing artifacts, and study collections of more than 5,000 artifacts relating to transportation history. These study collections support exhibits and education programs.
Hours and Appointments
The The Lang Education Center & Library is open to members from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and by appointment.
The Library is open to students and the academic community, researchers, historians, enthusiasts, club members, groups and the general public by appointment.
To schedule an appointment, e-mail the Education Director, or call 207-594-4418.
Online Card Catalog and Collections Materials
The Online Card Catalog indexes and describes each volume in the Museum's library. Going into the future, collection materials (photographs, prints, paintings, ephemera, etc.) will be scanned, indexed with key words, and made accessible online through a finding aid. Collection materials will be enhanced with narrative descriptions, and online exhibitions will be created.
Research and Reproduction Services
The Museum accepts requests for research on a case-by-case basis. Extensive research may require a charge. The Museum will photograph objects and will reproduce photos, documents, ephemera, etc., when copyrights allow. Call 207-594-4418, or email the library for more information and to make requests for research and reproduction services.
The The Lang Education Center & Library welcomes potential donations of transportation books, ephemera, photographs, film, video and materials relating to the Museum's purpose. For information on making a donation to the Library, email the Museum's Curator or call 207-594-4418.
Robert Lang and Family
In the fall of 1997 the family of Museum founder Steven Lang donated more than 5,000 books, articles of ephemera, prints, original artwork and photographs to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, enabling the establishment of the The Lang Education Center & Library. The donation was made by the Lang family in memory of Steven Lang's father Robert. Robert Lang was a life-long collector and a friend of the Transportation Museum. Robert Lang's love for transportation history and the Lang family's generous donation have made the Transportation Museum an important repository of transportation-related books, articles and ephemera.