The Association has an extensive private library of books and periodicals, housed at a central location in Edinburgh but available to members across the country through a variety of methods.
The History of the Moir Library goes back to 1912, and is a classic example of how one man's enthusiasm eventually led to the establishment of a valuable resource which is now available to benefit many others. Use the Quick Link to download a history of the Library.
Under normal circumstances books may only be borrowed by fully paid up members of the Scottish Beekeepers Association. Details of membership rates are available on the membership page. Books are not normally sent to readers outside Scotland, although applications for bona fide research or study will be considered on their merits.
The Moir Library is housed at the Fountainbridge Library, Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1BG. Tel 0131-529-5616. Current opening hours are as follows:
Miss Frances Scott, Hon. librarian, will be in attendance every Thursday, 10 am.
Entry is via Nelson Hall, Murdoch Terrace. Visitors to the library are advised to telephone in advance. A current SBA membership card must be presented when requesting loan of books. Books may also be requested by post; in this case, the membership card must accompany each request for books - it will be returned with the books required.
Boxes of selected books from the library are available for Local Associations to borrow. Please contact the Library Convener. Lists of the contents of each box are available to download using the Quick Links at the top right of this page.
Further information may be obtained from the Library Convener: Mrs. Una A Robertson, 13 Wardie Avenue, Edinburgh EH5 2AB.
The duties of managing the Moir Library and its collections are varied and demanding:
The library welcomes gifts of books and pamphlets, particularly rare or hard to obtain publications, but subject to prior consultation and agreement with the Library Convener.
Catalogues of the Moir Library are available by post from the Library or Convener (addresses as above) at a cost of £5 each.
The Moir Rare Book Collection, held at the National Library of Scotland, is separate from the lending collection held at Fountainbridge Library. It contains books on beekeeping, mostly published prior to the year 1801, although there are a few published a little later than that. It was placed on long-term deposit by the SBA in November 2002. Please use the Quick Link to take you to all the relevant information, including a link to a complete list of the Moir Rare Book materials arranged by shelfmark.
Please address all general enquiries about the library and book collections to the LIbrary Convener. You will find contact details on the Executive page in the 'About' section of the main menu.
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