Scottish Ornithologists' Club

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About the library

Waterson Library

Waterson Library, Waterson House

The library is now in its tenth year at Waterston House. George Waterston, co-founder of the SOC, was instrumental in forming the collection by begging books from various sources. Many books in the Club’s collection were formally part of his and his wife’s library, alongside donations made by others in the early 1930’s.

With an outlook over Aberlady bay, the library offers a calm and tranquil environment to sit and read. It is open to all-researchers, birdwatchers of all levels, artists and historians, seven days a week during HQ’s normal opening hours.

As the largest ornithology library in Scotland and one of the top collections of its kind in Britain, the facility contains over 5,000 books, around 130 different journals and houses a unique and distinctive archive. The library aims, as far as possible, to be a complete repository of all material on Scottish ornithology. As such, it has a collection not just of books but of some fascinating diaries, photographs and letters from eminent Scottish ornithologists.

This wonderful resource also contains a range of non-Scottish ornithology titles including standard works on avifauna of all parts of the world, handbooks on identification, and works on bird behaviour and methodology.

The library has complete runs of the key British journals, all the main international periodicals and all the bird reports from Scotland, neighbouring English counties, Wales and Ireland.

Club members can borrow up to two books at a time for a maximum of two months, subject to availability and borrowing terms and conditions.

For more information and to view an up-to-date library catalogue, please visit the Club’s website

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. See the website for more information.


Scottish Ornithologists' Club data on Copac

Example record from the Scottish Ornithologists' Club Waterson Library:

Title: Sounds of Nature : Songs of Fringillidae of Eastern and Central North America Vol. 6

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