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Following the latest government announcement concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic the Society headquarters at Mansion House has now closed.

Where possible emails will be monitored, any urgent enquiries should be forwarded to info@royensoc.co.uk

Membership applications will be put on hold until further notice.

Our "identify that insect" service will continue, but our Director of Science cannot accept any physical samples to inspect during this time. identifythatinsect@royensoc.co.uk

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet. val@royensoc.co.uk

All events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice https://www.royensoc.co.uk/events

We hope that everyone stays well and we hope that normal business can resume soon for everyone, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time that the world finds itself in.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

The RES Library

RES library

18 March 2020 - Covid-19 Update - Our events over the next few months are now postponed or cancelled due to #COVID19, our Society building and library are no longer open to visitors. Our online shop remains open.

Opening Hours

The Library is open from 09.00 am - 3.30 pm Monday to Friday, to Fellows, Members and their guests, except on public holidays.
To ensure that you can access all parts of the collection please arrange an appointment with the Librarian before visiting. 

Library holdings

The Library's strengths are in general biology and taxonomy of insects, particularly with reference to the Western Palaearctic Region. However, the Library aims to acquire major works of reference covering all aspects of insect biology, without any geographical bias. The stock in the Library includes some 11,000 books and 750 journal titles, of which 160 are taken currently. The stock comprises all Orders of insects as well as a small section on spiders.

New additions to the Library can be found here

Please e-mail your photocopy requests to the librarian using the following Photocopy request form.

For photocopying costs please click Photocopy Fees.

No library can achieve comprehensive coverage in its subject area nowadays and if you find that the book or journal which you require is not available "in house", efforts can be made to obtain it elsewhere.

The Society has a reciprocal arrangement with the Zoological Society of London Library whereby Fellows and Members can visit and use their Library and we can obtain photocopies of items from them. We also belong to the British Library network and have good contacts with the Natural History Museum Library and other Entomological Libraries.

Library Database

The Library has an accessible database/catalogue of the library's book and journal holdings which is located here. For access please contact the Librarian for a pin number.

Rare books

There is a rare book collection - not normally loaned - including about 1000 early entomological works, pre-dating 1850. Please arrange an appointment with the Librarian if you wish to consult any of these books.

Archival material

A collection of diaries, letters and photographs of eminent entomologists is maintained and can be made available for study. Please arrange an appointment with the Librarian if you wish to consult any of these books.

Reprints

The Library houses about 30,000 reprints, including the Rothschild collection of papers on Siphonaptera. The Catalogue of the reprint collection is currently being added to the library database

The librarian.

The Librarian, Val McAtear, may be contacted by phone on 01727 899387 (International +44 1727 899387) or by fax on 01727 894797 (International +44 1727 894797) or email: lib@royensoc.co.uk during normal office hours.

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