Research Library and Archive

Contact the Naval Institute Archives
A fee is charged.
Phone: 410-295-1023
Fax: 410-269-7940
Email [email protected]

We are not a lending library, but you are welcome to visit and use our library to conduct your research.

We are open to the public & invite individuals to visit and conduct research on-site. Library visits can be scheduled by calling (410) 295-1022.

Additionally, our library staff is available to assist with research requests from individuals who are not able to visit us in Beach Hall. Simple requests are normally handled within 24-48 hours. Detailed requests may take longer as required.

Research requests can be addressed to [email protected].


No. Naval Institute Press is only making select titles available in eBook form.

No. eBooks published by Naval Institute Press are only available through our eRetail partners.

No. Because eBooks are purchased through our eRetail partners, not directly from Naval Institute Press, your member discount is not applicable. Each of our eRetail partners, however, does discount the price of each title. See the specific vendor site of your choice for detailed pricing information for each title.

Yes. Please click on the link to your preferred reading device below and follow the instructions.

Get a reader for your device:

Amazon Kindle Reader

Apple iBooks

Barnes & Noble Nook Reader

Google Play

Yes. Each of our retail partners provides instructions on how to give the gift of an eBook to a family member or friend.

For members and customers who encounter a problem with their eBook, please contact the retailer from whom the eBook was purchased. For example, if you experience a problem with a Naval Institute Press title for your Kindle, please contact Amazon directly.

For all other Book related inquiries, please email [email protected].

Photo Services

Funds raised allow the U.S. Naval Institute to undertake preservation projects too costly to accomplish with operating funds alone. Tax-deductible gifts to the Photo Archive are used to protect the original photo images and to digitize them so they may be more widely shared. Click here to make a gift.

Approximately 15,000 images are available onlne. However, our collection contains more than 450,000 images from the Civil War to the present.

If you cannot find the photograph you would like to order in our online photo catalog, please send an email to [email protected] or call (410) 295-1022 to speak with our photo archivist.

Photo prints can come in a variety of sizes and are dependent on the aspect ratio of the original image. Framed and fine art photos photos can be cropped to  8" x 10" to sizes of 40” by 80”.

The "Digital" image tab on the U.S. Naval Institute’s photo site is intended for commercial use, and allows you to start a conversation with our photo archivist, get a price established for your project, and order the image to your specifications.

Photographic prints are intended for personal use.

You should receive your print in 7-10 days.

To order a photograph that is not displayed in our online galleries, please send an email to [email protected] or call (410) 295-1022 to speak with our photo archivist.

Follow the checkout prompts in our online photo catalog at

Please call (410) 295-1022 to speak to our archivist.

Please send an email to [email protected] or call (410) 295-1022 to speak with our photo archivist.

Please send an email to [email protected] or call (410) 295-1022 to speak with our photo archivist for usage pricing and permission.

Oral History

If you borrow or purchase an oral history, the rights for citing, etc. are noted in the front of the volume. Although most oral histories are classified open, some interviewees or their families request that you contact them for prior permission before citing.

User Assistance

Just fill out our registration form and become Registered User. You'll get access to our monthly newsletters and updates on Naval Institute events. You can also sign up for daily news alerts from our news service at USNI News.

If you are experiencing sign-in problems, make a note of any error messages that appear and contact Member Services at [email protected] or call 1-410-268-6110 or 1-800-233-8764 (toll-free). You can also submit your questions to our Webmaster. Please note the URL of the page on which the error appears and provide a screenshot if possible.

The "Members Only" section of the website is for current members of the U.S. Naval Institute. If you are not a member, please consider joining the U.S. Naval Institute.

If you are a member and are having trouble logging in, please contact Member Services at 1-800-233-8764 or email [email protected].

Yes, please make sure you use the proper case when entering your password. A strong password should consist of both upper- and lowercase characters.

Please fill out Forgot Password form and your personal information will be emailed to you.

You can also contact Member Services by email at [email protected].

Please visit your user profile and select the "Edit Account" option in the sidebar to change your password and other account options. Please note that you must provide your current password if you wish to make this update.

If you need additional assistance, please contact Member Services directly at 1-800-233-8764 or by email at [email protected].

Proceedings is one of the many benefits of membership with the U.S. Naval Institute. Members can access complete articles from every Proceedings issue from the present back to the first issue in 1874. Become a member of the U.S. Naval Institute to have access to the full range of content, including other benefits such as discounts on all titles from the Naval Institute Press, discounts on graphic novels from Dead Reckoning, invitations to special events, and discount subscription rates to Naval History magazine, and so much more.

In order to successfully complete the registration process, all required fields (marked with an *asterisk) must be completed. For further assistance, please contact a Member Services Representative at [email protected] or call 1-410-268-6110 or 1-800-233-8764 (toll-free).


You can join online by selecting the membership category of your choice. The Naval Institute offers several categories of membership from student to digital to lifetime membership.

Or you can contact the Member Services Department by telephone:
Phone: 1-800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703

You can also contact Member Services by email at [email protected]

Please visit our Membership page and select your preferred category of membership. Once selected, you can pay for Membership by using your MasterCard, VISA or American Express. All transactions are secure and encrypted.

If you prefer, you can also join by calling toll-free 1-800-233-8764.

You can review your Membership status by logging into your Member Profile page or by contacting Member Services.

Phone: 1-800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
Fax: 410-571-1703
Email: [email protected]

To send a Gift Membership, please visit our Membership category page and select the category of your choice. Check “Is this membership a gift for another person?” option prior to adding the Membership to your cart.

Proceedings magazine is not available as a subscription to individuals, as it is a membership benefit of the U.S. Naval Institute.

To join, please select the membership category of your choice or call Member Services at 1-800-233-8764.

Subscriptions to Naval History can be ordered online or by calling Member Services 1-800-233-8764.

The subscription rate for Naval Institute members to receive Naval History magazine is $29 per year for six issues; for nonmembers of the Naval Institute, the subscription rate is: $39 per year.

For institutions wishing to subscribe, please contact [email protected]

Subscriptions to Naval History magazine are just $29 for active members. 

To subscribe, visit the Naval History subscription page.

Please be sure to log in to receive the discounted Member rate.

You may also contact Member Services at 1-800-233-8764 or send an email to [email protected].

You may log into your account by visiting You may also contact Member Services at 1-800-233-8764 to notify them of your change of address or by e-mail at [email protected].

To renew your Naval Institute Membership or your Naval History subscription, please log in to your Member account page and select "Renew." You may also contact Member Services:

By phone:

or 410-268-6110.

By Fax: 410-571-1703

Or by email: [email protected].

Sometimes, no matter how we try to prevent it from happening, you may receive an invitation to join the U.S. Naval Institute by mail or email, even though you are currently a member in good standing. Why? Our database sometimes fails to match your name and address, as it appears on the mailing, with the name and address under which your membership is recorded. This situation can occur due to misspellings, issues of home versus business addresses, or nickname versus proper name, changes of address, or a variety of other reasons. 

If you receive a membership invitation in error, please mark "Already a Member" on the application and return it to us in the provided envelope. This will ensure we don't continue to mail membership solicitations to this address.

Membership with the U.S. Naval Institute puts you in a community of engaged citizens that believe in our mission: Since 1873, the U.S. Naval Institute has been the nation’s foremost open, independent, and non-partisan forum for those dare to read, think, speak, and write to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to global security.

Our members write, debate, and discuss key issues that ultimately strengthens the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Membership benefits include: a subscription to our award-winning Proceedings magazine; discounts to over 1,000 titles from books published by the Naval Institute Press and graphic novels from Dead Reckoning; a discounted subscription to Naval History magazine; special invitations to conferences and events; access to 145 years of archival information such as historic photos, oral histories, and so much more!

Please contact our Accounting Department
By Phone: 1-800-233-8764 or 410-268-6110
By Email: [email protected]

Your Member number can be found in your member profile when you are logged in to the U.S. Naval Institute website. It can also be found on the address label of your Proceedings or Naval History magazine. Located above your name, it's the first eight digits, beginning with the letter C followed by two or three zeroes.

Alternately, you can contact Member Services at 1-800-233-8764 or email [email protected] for a replacement member card.

The Naval Institute partnered with PCI (Publishing Concepts, Inc.) to produce the Membership Directory. Please call PCI’s customer service line at 1-800-982-1590 if you have any questions or concerns about the Directory. Should PCI not be able to answer your question, or if you have additional questions, you can call U.S. Naval Institute Member Services at 1-800-233-8764 Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM or email [email protected]

Shopping with the U.S. Naval Institute

Onscreen confirmation of each order placed through our secure server is provided. It may take up to 30 seconds (depending on the amount of traffic on our server, the level of Internet congestion in general, and the speed of your Internet connection) for the confirmation screen to appear. If you hit the back button of your browser before the confirmation screen appears, the confirmation screen will not load in your browser. This has no effect, however, on the ordering process itself. Once you submit an order it is immediately sent to us.

You can print your confirmation page and keep it for your records or future reference. If you have any questions about whether your order was received, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Your shopping cart is automatically saved whenever you add products or make changes. This feature enables you to leave the site and return to your cart at a later time to finish your order. Please note you must be logged in and have cookies enabled in your browser for this to work.

If you are not pleased with your book purchase, you may return it in saleable condition (no rips, tears, stains, folded pages) within 60 days of receipt for an exchange or full refund, less shipping and handling fees, to:

U.S. Naval Institute 
Attn: Returns Department
22883 Quicksilver Drive
Dulles, VA 20166

Refunds will be given or credited on the payment method of the order; payment by credit card will be refunded to that card, and if the payment is by check a check shall be issued in return. 

Returns must have a copy of the original packing list.  If one is not available, please contact Member Services at 1-800-233-8764 or by email at [email protected]. Customers outside of the U.S. may contact us at 1-410-268-6110.

If it is determined that the return is necessary due to an error on the part of the U.S. Naval Institute, shipping and handling fees will be refunded.  

The time period for processing a return is as follows:

  • 5 to 10 business days for U.S. Naval Institute to receive the return 

  • 5 to 7 business days for U.S. Naval Institute to process the return

For same-day shipping via UPS (Ground, Two-Day, Next Day Air), orders must be placed by 12:00 PM EST/EDT.

Address letters in care of the Naval Institute and we will forward. Authors' telephone numbers, addresses, and emails are not released.


[Naval Institute Author]
c/o Naval Institute Press
291 Wood Road
Annapolis, MD 21402.

The Naval Institute Press features a wide range of history, foreign affairs and policy, national security, and leadership titles that have been adopted for course work by colleges and universities across the country. Naval Institute Press books are available as examination copies for course adoption at a cost of $6.00 per paperback copy and $10.00 per hardback copy to cover shipping and handling. There is a three book limit per semester. Click here for more details on our policies.


No. The U.S. Naval Institute has always been and pointedly remains independent from the military services or civilian defense contractors. This helps ensure the integrity of the open forum that has been the hallmark of the U.S. Naval Institute since 1873. We are a non-profit 501c(3) association.

In addition to joining the the U.S. Naval Institute and keeping your membership current, you can also make a tax-deductible, charitable contribution in support of critical Institute programs.

To contact the Naval Institute Foundation:
Phone: 410-295-1054
Fax: 410-295-1050
Email: [email protected]

We will gladly provide our Merrill Lynch account number and DTC to prospective donors and assist in any way we can. For more information, please email Kirk McAlexander or phone him at (410) 295-1054.

Become a year-round corporate sponsor. For more details on how your organization can benefit, contact the Naval Institute Foundation:
Phone 410-295-1054
Fax 410-295-1050
Email foundat[email protected]

Use the online contributions form here or contact the Naval Institute Foundation.
Phone: 410-295-1054
Fax: 410-295-1050
Email: [email protected]

No. The Naval Institute Foundation does not make grants to individuals or other organizations. Its sole purpose is to raise money to support the U.S. Naval Institute's goals.

Funds raised allow the U.S. Naval Institute to undertake necessary educational and preservation projects too costly to accomplish with operating funds alone. Because our traditional sources of income — membership dues, book sales, and advertising revenues — tend to fluctuate with the size of the defense community and economic swings beyond our control, it is prudent to seek additional avenues of support. Also, successful fundraising efforts will allow us to explore new ways to fulfill our mission and to strengthen our professional association.

Make a tax-deductible donation today and help us continue to fulfill our important mission.