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 more than 6,000 book volumes and 3,000 periodicals, paintings, prints and ephemera, 10,000 photographs and negatives, a film and video library, and living history tapes and manuscripts. These collections are supplemented by more than 300 textile and clothing artifacts, and study collections of more than 10,000 artifacts relating to transportation history. These study collections support exhibits and education programs.
The Lang Education Center & Library is open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays 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, contact Sarah E. Dunne, our Archivist and Librarian, or call 207-594-4418.
The onsite Library catalog indexes and describes each item in the Museum’s Library and Archives holdings. The online catalog contains records for all of the Library’s book and magazine holdings and for a sampling of the Archives holdings (photographs, prints, paintings, ephemera, etc.). More of the collection’s archival materials are being added to the online catalog weekly. Going into the future, online exhibitions will be created.
The Museum accepts requests for research on a case-by-case basis. Extensive research may require a fee. 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 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 library or call 207-594-4418.
In the fall of 1997 the family of Museum co-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.