The library occupies approximately 3,400 square feet. It is temperature and humidity controlled according to the standards of the American Library Association.
The library houses a varied collection of materials including books and other publications, prints, posters and ship crest plaques and an extensive collection of microfilm, microfiche and aperture cards. It has an attractive research area, where visitors may set up computers and scanners within easy reach of the stacks, and an archival area with reader for the microfilm, etc. with equipment for digitizing it to file or to print.
Although Tin Can Sailors does not operate a museum, there are a number of artifacts and some ship models on display plus posters from recent ship commissioning ceremonies.
Admission is by appointment to members in good standing and to researchers and historians. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the Tin Can Sailors office at 508-677-0515 or write to Tin Can Sailors, Inc., PO Box 100, 1077 County Street, Somerset MA 02726.