The Fortunat Mueller-Maerki Library & Research Center (LARC) is one of the largest in the world dedicated to the study of time and timekeeping. The collection includes books, videos, catalogs, periodicals and archival material.

Using The Library

Visiting Hours
  • Monday–Thursday = 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday = 8 AM – 4 PM
  • Saturday = Noon – 4 PM
  • Sundays = Closed

The NAWCC Library & Research Center (LARC) is one of the largest in the world dedicated to the study of time and timekeeping. The collection includes books, videos, catalogs, periodicals and archival material. 

Questions

The LARC’s collection is open to the public, feel free to bring in your watch or clock for the staff to look at when you visit the museum or you can come in to conduct your own research. For those who cannot come to the library do to research, the LARC staff is available to answer research questions for a fee of $20. NAWCC members’ questions are answered without charge. More information can be found here.

Lending Library

NAWCC members have lending privileges and can borrow books and videos from the library. Please see our lending guidelines for more information. 

Archives

Researchers interested in accessing the archives should take a look at the archive rules before coming to the library. Appointments for access should be made at least three days in advance. Research appointments are required for projects lasting for more than one day or requiring access to more than one collection, two boxes or five folders, but not required for small, short term projects. Letting the librarians know ahead of time what you will be interested in looking at will make things go more smoothly once you arrive.

Archives

The Library’s archives include records from watch and clock companies and the papers of prominent horologists. The archival collection is restricted, but may be accessed by approved researchers. Please see our archive rules for more information.

Finding aids and/or container lists are available for most collections and can be accessed below.

FINDING AIDS

By Subject   |   By Call Number

ARCHIVE RULES

Archive Rules

Researchers interested in accessing the archives should take a look at the archive rules before coming to the library. Appointments for access should be made at least three days in advance. Research appointments are required for projects lasting for more than one day or requiring access to more than one collection, two boxes or five folders, but not required for small, short term projects. Letting the librarians know ahead of time what you will be interested in looking at will make things go more smoothly once you arrive.

Research

Reference Requests

Please note that the librarians and researchers are not able to comment on the value of any timepieces.  If you are interested in a formal appraisal, a list of services can be found by searching the NAWCC Business Directory or Horology The Index.   

Reference Requests for Members

The National Watch and Clock Museum Library and Research Center provides free reference services to members of the Association. Members inquiring about a watch or clock are asked to send clear photographs of their watch or clock, its dial, its movement, and any trademarks or words that appear on any of the above mentioned parts. For more information see Member Reference Requests.

Reference Requests for Non-Members

Because library reference is a benefit of NAWCC membership, the Library & Research Center charges non-members a minimum reference fee of $20 for the first half hour and $40 per hour for questions requiring more than 30 minutes work.  This fee includes research conducted by the library staff and volunteer experts, scanned pages sent by email, and up to 10 photocopied pages and postage on answers sent by mail.  If the researchers feel that your question will take more than the minimum 30 minutes they will contact you before additional fees are charged. For more information see Non-Member Reference Requests.