First Time User Registration for Aeon

To request an item to view in the Caird Library, you must first identify yourself to the Archive and Library's online ordering system, Aeon. To do this you fill out a registration form using your Web browser.
Registration has three purposes:

    1. Entering your personal information into the Aeon system means you will not have to supply the information again when making future requests.
    2. Having your e-mail and regular postal addresses stored on Aeon enables us to notify you promptly and deliver materials accurately.
    3. By specifying a Username and Password of your choosing, you will have secure access to information about your requests. You will also be able to review the list of items you have requested in the past.
    The information is used to produce a reader's ticket which is required to view material in the Caird Library. There are two types of ticket, a one-day ticket for those using modern working collection books in the Caird Library only, and a three-year ticket, giving access to all parts of the Archive and Library collections.

About your Username and Password

During registration, you will be asked to choose a username and password. You will use this username and password when logging on to the Aeon system in the future.

Choose a username, such as your name, abbreviations, or an alphanumeric code. Your username can be a maximum of 50 characters long, but any characters are allowed.
Choose a password, which must be at least 6 characters long and contain a capital letter and a number. We recommend that you follow good security practice and choose a password that is different from those you use to access other systems.
Aeon will encrypt your password, so it will remain secure. Only you will know your password, but you can reset it by clicking on the password reset button on the Aeon logon page.

Important Copyright Information

The use of cameras and copying equipment, including mobile phone cameras, is only allowed as specified in Copying from the Archive and Library collections for private study and non-commercial research.

All users of the Caird Library must abide by this document. By clicking on the First Time Users Click Here button below, you acknowledge and agree to this.

Books may be photocopied or scanned, and manuscripts scanned only, for private study and research purposes, subject to copyright laws and preservation requirements. All copying is at the discretion of staff and is also subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 and document handling restrictions. It is the responsibility of the Reader to ensure that their copying does not infringe copyright law.

Summary information is available on the RMG website.

For commercial reproductions, or where it is not possible for Readers to make or be supplied with a copy of an item, the Royal Museums Greenwich Photo Studio may be able to photograph the item/s.

All professional photography is handled by the Royal Museums Greenwich’s Picture Library.

If you wish to reproduce our images, full details on how to apply for permission and obtain rights clearance are available here, or email

Data Protection

The information you have supplied on this form will be recorded in a database for administrative purposes only, and will not be passed on to third parties. Your data is managed under the legal conditions of the Data Protection Act 1998. In accordance with the Data Protection Act you are entitled to see a copy of your record.

To contact us, please email or write to The Caird Library, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF.

Aeon FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Before registering, you may wish to read the Aeon FAQ. The FAQ may answer other questions you have about the Aeon system.

By pressing this button you acknowledge and agree to all of the terms and conditions above. After reading this information, you can press the First Time Users Click Here button to continue.