Opened in December, 2000, the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum provides unique opportunities for learning about the development of commercial aviation and the role it plays in our everyday lives. Located in the International Terminal, it is an architectural adaptation of the Airport’s 1930s passenger lobby. The collection focuses on the history of commercial air transport, the airline industry, and San Francisco International Airport, with a regional emphasis on the West Coast and Pacific region. Exhibitions, research services, and educational programs are offered to the public free of charge.
Learn at the Library and Archives
The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Archive Collection includes over 8000 books, 600 periodical titles and 89,000 archival objects all related to aviation from its inception through tomorrow’s evolutions/innovations. Materials cover airport development, airline history, airplane manufacturing, vintage aircraft, aviation fashion, company newsletters and publications, technical manuals and drawings, promotional materials, oral histories, photography and so much more.
Hours of Operation
The Library and research services are free of charge and are available by appointment only, 10:00am to 3:30pm, Sunday through Friday. The collection is non-lending, non-circulating, and photocopying and scanning fees may be applied.