The National Brewing Library consists primarily of books relating to the brewing industry, including:
A comprehensive collection of English language brewing books (dating from the 18th century to the present day), on raw materials (barley, malt, hops, sugar, water, etc.), beer production, fermentation technology, excise and gauging, product quality and sensory analysis. Books on other British alcoholic beverages - cider, whisky, wine etc. Information on ancillary and support industries -cooperage, engineering suppliers, transport, etc. Company histories, anniversary publications, house journals. · Histories of public houses, licensed trade, inn signs. The temperance movement, alcoholism, alcohol and health. Complete runs of scientific and technical journals published by The Institute of Brewing and The International Brewers' Guild, plus complete runs of major UK brewing and trade journals. Current UK and international brewing and trade journals. Information published by The Brewers' Society and Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association. A selection of European and North American technical and trade magazines. Some information on financial history and licensing law.
The Library also includes a collection of archive material accumulated by the donor institutions, including papers relating to breweries, public houses, institutions, coopers, and various other aspects of beer production.