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The Michael King Smith Research Library contains more than 5,400 published aviation-related books and a large and varied collection of aviation magazines. The Library’s collection is open to both researchers and the general public.

The Library, located within the Hiller Aviation Museum, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 3 PM and on select Saturdays (call the Library to confirm weekend availability). Library entry is included with Museum admission. If you are unable to visit the Museum during its open hours, ask for a 'rain check' and come back when you can.

Titles in the Library’s collection include both technical works and aviation-related fiction and nonfiction books.

If you have a research request,contact the Research Team via email at library@hiller.org or in writing. Please note that the Library cannot undertake research requests for commercial purposes.   If you make an appointment in advance, we can prepare some materials for your visit.  The collection does not circulate.  Photocopies of text are available for 10 cents a sheet, payable at the time you receive the copies.

San Mateo County Bookmobile


The San Mateo County Bookmobile visits the Hiller Aviation Museum on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 11 AM to 2 PM.  Bookmobile visitors may peruse its traveling collection of more than 3,000 titles, check out or return books, and even request a library card for the San Mateo County Library.  Books checked out from the Bookmobile may be returned to the Bookmobile or to any branch of the San Mateo County Library. 

Gourmet Food Trucks are available during all Bookmobile visits, and the Museum’s Soar with Books pre-school reading program is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month throughout the school year. 

Soar With Books Pre-School Reading Program
Select Saturdays
11 am - 12 pm


Join an adventure in aviation for our littlest aviators!  Soar With Books is a pre-school reading program for children and their parents ages 3-5.  Each program begins with a short age-appropriate tour experience, then a special guest speaker reads from a flight-related children’s book in the Library or another aviation-themed area of the Museum.  Programs conclude with an exciting docent-led experience inside a real aircraft.

Upcoming "Soar With Books" Events:

January 24, 2015
February 28, 2015
March 21, 2015
April 25, 2015
May 23, 2015

Soar With Books is included with Museum admission, and no reservations are necessary.  Complimentary tickets are issued on a space-available basis from the Gift Shop on the morning of the program.  See the Soar With Books flyer for the current schedule and upcoming book topics and guest speakers.



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