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Ralph Enos Library

Library visitor checking the on-line catalog


The mission of the Naval Undersea library is to collect, organize, and provide information about U.S. Naval undersea history, science, and operations for the U.S. Navy and the people of the United States.

Please note that this is a non-circulating library


The Library is developing specialty collections in the following subjects:


Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Navy Salvage


Navy Rescue and Escape

Special Warfare:  

Mine Warfare

Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT)

Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Teams

Capt Mary Townsend-Manning (Keyport Commander) congratulating Capt. Ralph Enos (USN, Ret.) at the dedication ceremony of the Museum Library

Dedication ceremony of the Ralph Enos Library.

Captain Mary Townsend-Manning congratulating Captain Ralph Enos (USN, Ret.)

The library holdings include:

  • Over 6,000 books, journals and periodicals, microforms, videos, and other reference materials

  • Complete collection of the U.S. Naval Institute's distinguished Oral History Program, interviews with naval leaders, the largest holdings of these oral histories outside Washington DC

  • Complete collection of U.S. submarine war patrol reports from World War Two on microfilm

  • Maintains a particular interest in Navy undersea technology, Navy undersea exploration, and joint ventures with civilian organizations to expand knowledge of oceanography

The library collection is managed with Surpass library software and uses the Library of Congress classification system. The majority of the collection can be viewed online. >> View Catalog

Library facilities include a computer for catalog access, microform readers and a printer; video player and monitor for viewing VHS tapes;and a copy machine for making limited numbers of copies.

Hours of operation

10:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday (June - September)
closed Tuesdays (October - May) and by appointment.