The Chris Mead Library

The BTO's Chris Mead Library is situated in the Chapel of the old Nunnery at the BTO headquarters in Thetford.

Whilst primarily for the use of staff and members, non-members are very welcome to use it for research purposes.

The Library is normally 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 not possible 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.

BTO Archives


  • NEW BOOKS- a list of new books added to the library between January and March 2021, but also have a look at the Catalogue for additional information about 'What's New' in the Library.
  • NEW BIRD REPORTS received, as listed in BTO News issue 338, Spring 2021. Who to contact for copies.
    A big THANK YOU to all the Clubs & Societies who send their annual reports to the Library. Our collection is second-to-none, thanks to your continued support. If any reports are also available digitally (in addition to print), we would really appreciate both versions. Our e-Library collection is growing! [PDF or Word documents are fine].
    Looking for Open/Free Access? Have a look at the list for links to freely available online content of journals and other material. For example: BRITISH BIRDS is freely available on BHL, from 1902 to 2014.

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

The Librarian
British Trust for Ornithology
The Nunnery
Norfolk IP24 2PU

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

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