Library and Information Centre
The CA Library and Information Centre

The CA Information Centre is the largest of its kind in the world and contains a highly acclaimed collection of material covering every aspect of marine activity with particular focus on sail and power cruising. Situated on the first floor of CA House, the Library and Information Centre is both a magnificent collection of books and a comprehensive cruising information service.

CA members have full access to this unrivalled Information Centre. Members unable to visit the library in person can browse and search the catalogue online and request books (except restricted items) to be sent to them by post. We are also able to scan certain portions of our material (within copyright regulations) to send on disk or via e-mail. The library is open Monday to Friday, 9.30 - 5.30, and also when seminars and other events are taking place in CA House.

Although the Information Centre is not generally open to non-members, we are pleased to offer bona fide researchers/non-members access to this facility for research purposes for a fee of £25 per day.  Access is subject to prior arrangement with staff at CA House.  For further information, please email or telephone CA House on 020 7537 2828.

There is a full range of facilities to aid in the practicalities of members’ cruise planning including provision of parallel rulers and dividers plus a dedicated PC for the electronic charts, which also has full access to the internet.


No matter where members live, the information centre is accessible. We have embraced advances in technology, as far as possible, which allows us to get the information to them.

Information can be found either in person at CA house, at the end of the phone, by reply to an e-mail or a parcel by post. UK members can borrow many books by post - we only ask that they cover the return postage costs.

Members can make use of the forums, where they can discuss a range of cruising and other nautical matters with CA members, get advice and recommendations from those who have been there before.