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There is a wealth of publications about virtually every aspect of bees and beekeeping. The genre is so large, that there are some that collect them in their own right. Most local beekeeping associations maintain a library of books for members. In additon, you may find agricultural colleges or public libraries with catalogues of publications on the subject. There is also a great deal of published information in Beekeeping Journals.

Below is a selection of places you can acquire bee books. You will find more by searching on the internet. The internet site Amazon is a good place to start or Google books. There are often second hand beekeeping books for sale on Ebay. Also, see below for beekeeping books you can view online.

Beekeeping Books

DBKA Bookshop

Try the DBKA online bookshop in conjunction with Amazon. We now receive a commission for every purchase made through our website. So if you are thinking of buying a beekeeping book please purchase it through our secure online store. It won't cost you any more by using our site, but we will receive the commission to help finance our programmes to support beekeepers in Devon.

Suppliers of bee books

The Management of Bees, Samuel Bagster, 1800-1835

Read this book online...

DBKA Queen Rearing supplementary edition to February 2011 Now on Sale (click here).

click here to read Bee Wilson's article in the Telegraph

NHBS Environment Bookstore

Is the leading supplier of books and wildlife equipment for people all over the world passionate and expert in science, conservation and wildlife. They have an extraordinary range of books about bees, wasps, bumblebees - and all things natural history.

2-3 Wills Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5XN, UK

Tel: 01803 865913


C Arden (Bookseller)

Radnor House, Church St, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5DQ

Tel: 01497 820471

New, out-of-print and scarce books on natural history, bardening and botany (and of course, hundreds of titles about bees and beekeeping).


Bee Books New & Old (BBNO)

Ash View, Tump Lane, Much Birch, Herefordshire HR2 8HP

phone: 01432 840529


Northern Bee Books

Scout Bottom Farm, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5JS

Tel: 01422 882751

New website - www.GroovyCart.co.uk/beebooks


Northern Bee Books Catalogue

Library resources and lists of bee books

International Bee Research Association (IBRA)

IBRA has a wide selection of Bee Books including the ever expanding list of our own publications. Details of how to join IBRA, recieve hard copies of Bee World and access to back copies of journals can be found on-line.

16 North Rd Cardff CF10 3DY

Tel: 02920 372409

email: bookshop@ibra.org.uk


Ibra/Eva Crane Library

(now moved to The National Library of Wales)

Internet Archive

- download older beekeeeping books for free!

The Internet Archive, a non-profit organisation, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Try typing 'beekeeping' into the search.


For example, the beautiful illustration [shown right] is from Practical Beekeeping by Ralph Benton (1907)

click here to view online or download as pdf

Beekeeping collection

at the National Library of Scotland

The Scottish Beekeepers' Association has deposited the Moir Rare Book Collection of 233 volumes relating to all aspects of beekeeping. It is one of the very finest collections of rare beekeeping books in the world, including items published as far back as 1525.


click here for more information at SKBA

The Hive and the Honeybee

This is a complete bibliography of books and journals in The Hive and the Honeybee: Selections from the E. F. Phillips Beekeeping Collection at Mann Library, organized by both author and title.


The Book Depository

click here for huge list of beekeeping books to buy (search by keyword, book title, author or ISBN)

click here for list of ebooks to download for free!

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