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Library Research Requests and Special Services

A big benefit of becoming a Train Collectors Association member—among many more—is gaining access to special perks in our National Toy Train Library. TCA Members enjoy significant discounts on all of our library research services, including professional in-depth research assistance from our staff.

Research Services Available in the NTTL

Discover the wealth of services we offer to general researchers, collectors, and other toy train enthusiasts.

In-Person or Long-Distance Research Assistance

Your first 30 minutes of research assistance with our professional library staff is always free of charge. Additional time can be purchased for a set fee, which is half-price for TCA members.


While we encourage patrons to utilize document scanning as an alternative, we can also offer fax service for certain materials.

Photocopies, Printouts & Document Scans (PDF)

The National Toy Train Library offers limited* copying or scanning of library materials for private study, scholarship, or research. Please note that we cannot copy or scan entire works, including, but not limited to, books, handbooks, catalogs, manuals, or periodicals. We can mail certain physical copies for a set fee.

Visit our Library Research Fee Schedule for more information on current costs for all of our services.

*The institution reserves the right to refuse a copy order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law or if copying would jeopardize the condition or stability of the item. National Toy Train Library patrons cannot photograph or scan library materials with a personal camera, smartphone, or other electronic device.

Looking to Obtain High-Resolution Images?

While we do not print photo reproductions, we can provide high-quality digital images from our collection, subject to copyright and other relevant rules. Please follow the link to our Form Requests page to order images for either personal or commercial use. Fees apply.

Visit Us!

The National Toy Train Research Library is located on the premises of the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg, PA. The library is open weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in visiting the library to call ahead to make an appointment. We invite all toy train enthusiasts—including kids—to visit and see what we have to offer.

Monday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday8:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday8:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday8:30am – 4:30pm

Please note that because we are a specialized Library with a small staff, hours may be subject to change. Our hours also vary from those of the Museum. We request that visitors call ahead to confirm our open hours before dropping by. (717) 687-8623 ext. 108.

And don’t forget to follow the National Toy Train Library on Facebook!

Have a Question?

Ask the Library

The National Toy Train Library

The National Toy Train Library is overseen by a librarian and a committee of volunteers, who specialize in toy trains from various manufacturers and time periods. The Library is always happy to assist researchers and TCA members both in the physical library and with questions submitted online.

Call (717) 687-8623 ext. 108 or email with questions.

Ready to Start Your Toy Train Research? Search the Online Catalog Now!

Wondering if we have a particular resource you’re looking for? Our online catalog—which is regularly updated with new records—provides a glimpse into a significant part of our library holdings.