The George Waterston Library, Scottish Ornithologists' Club

Contact details

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Scottish Ornithologists' Club's library

About the library

The Scottish Ornithologists' Club's library, known as the George Waterston Library, is located in Waterston House overlooking Aberlady Bay in East Lothian. It contains around 5000 books and 130 journals making it the largest ornithological collection in Scotland. This up-to-date working collection has a particular emphasis on Scottish material and meets the needs of beginner bird watchers, researchers and professional ornithologists. In addition, the archive contains a unique collection of ornithological ephemera and artefacts including notebooks, correspondence and photographs belonging to amateur enthusiasts and eminent Scottish ornithologists.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? No - this library does not participate in the inter-library lending scheme.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the Scottish Ornithologists' Club records in Library Hub Discover here.