The DSBA library has a wide range of books to borrow and we encourage members to use this resource. View the books available to borrow here.

We also have a valuable collection of books which are for reference only. These can be viewed by arrangement with the librarian. View the reference books here.

A selection of books is available at our evening meetings for members to browse and borrow.

However, if there is a particular book you would like to borrow or view by arrangement, please complete the form.

A few favourites

The Wisdom of the Hive, by Thomas D Seeley

Learn about the inner workings of one of nature’s most complex animal societies: the honey bee colony.  The author conducted more than fifteen years of studies to investigate how a colony of bees is organised to gather its resources. The results of his research – including studies of the shaking signal, tremble dance, and waggle dance – offer a clear picture of how the highly integrated bee society works.

Keeping Bees, by Pam Gregory and Claire Waring

Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding activity and is hugely important to the survival of our declining bee population. This book offers practical and informative advice on how to get started, how to achieve and collect good harvests, beekeeping through the seasons, troubleshooting, queen rearing and more.  Bee-keeping experts, Pam Gregory and Claire Waring, provide accurate and reliable information on this increasingly popular pastime.

A Practical Manual of Beekeeping, by David Cramp

A fascinating hobby; a remunerative business; a globetrotting career? Which type of beekeeper would you like to be? Beekeeping can provide you with an interesting and useful hobby or a lucrative and rewarding business. The subject of bee-keeping is often shrouded in mystery and loaded with jargon, leaving many people unaware of its true potential or how to start. This book explains step-by-step how you can start beekeeping as a hobby, progress to running a beekeeping business or start a career as a beekeeper. No other guide explains in such detail the true potential and accessibility of beekeeping or of being a beekeeper.

The Biology of the Honey Bee, by Mark L Winston

Mark Winston provides rare access to the world of this extraordinary insect. He describes the complex infrastructure of the nest, the highly specialized behaviour of workers, queens, and drones, and examines in detail the remarkable ability of the honey bee colony to regulate its functions according to events within and outside the nest. Winston integrates the results of recent studies which include the exquisite architecture of the nest and its relation to bee physiology; the intricate division of labour and the relevance of a temporal caste structure to the efficient functioning of the colony; and, finally, the life-death struggles of swarming, supersedure, and mating that mark the reproductive cycle of the honey bee.