The Chris Mead Library

BTO Library

Browse our catalogueBTO Library

Please note - the digital catalogue is
undergoing tidying after
a change in software

The BTO's Chris Mead Library is housed at the BTO headquarters in Thetford, in what was the Chapel of the old Nunnery.

Whilst primarily for the use of staff and members, non-members are very welcome to use it for research purposes. The Online Catalogue is fully searchable for reference.

It is open during office hours (9am-5pm weekdays), when visitors are welcome, but please call or email first if possible to ensure someone will be available to help you if required. The Librarian's normal working hours are 9am-4pm, Monday to Thursday.
If it is inconvenient for you to visit personally, BTO members may
borrow books by post, and copies of papers can be supplied electronically or by post. Non-members may also request copies. Please contact the librarian with your enquiries.

BTO Archives:
We keep archives of survey material, personal papers & more.
Holdings information is detailed in the library Catalogue.

For full details about use of the Library and its services, please refer to:
Using the BTO Chris Mead Library (PDF, 157.53 KB)


  • Search the Online catalogue - now up and running!
  • NEW ACQUISITIONS ADDED - 19 January to 22 March 2017
  • NEW BIRD REPORTS received, as listed in BTO News issue 322, Spring 2017
  •                                   - link to AVOCETTA added 09/01/17
  •                                   - link added to ESSEX NATURALIST 12/01/17

Information resources

Staircase to the Chris Mead Library by David Kirkham
  • Catalogue - browse the catalogue to see what the library holds.
  • New Books - new items received in the Library.
  • Online Resources - list to help you find useful open access journals and other information.
  • BTO Archives - including survey information, along with historical and personal papers.
  • BirdFacts - information on individual species, including details of relevant publications.

Please address all correspondence, and return all borrowed items, to:

The Librarian (Carole Showell)
British Trust for Ornithology
The Nunnery
Norfolk IP24 2PU

Email : library [at]
Tel.  01842 750050
Fax. 01842 750030