The Library

The library aims to provide as complete a collection as possible of books and periodicals devoted to orchids. Books may be borrowed by members at our monthly meetings or by post.

The library contains some reference books which are not available for loan, but from which the librarian can research information for members on request. These books are marked with an asterisk (*) in the list.

The Society requests the assistance of members in its endeavours to supplement the library. Donations of books, particularly those which are out of print, will be greatly appreciated. All books in the library which are presented by members will show the name of the donor.

For all enquires about borrowing from, or donating books to, the OSGB library, please contact the librarians:

Mauro Rappa
4 Vine Court, HA30TR, Harrow

Please contact Kim for books, and Laurence for journals, which are available for general lending

Mrs Laurence Baghdadi
Tudor Oak, Southill Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5EE
tel: 0771 517 4988
e-mail :

The following are the conditions and rules under which members may borrow books from the OSGB library:

  1. Books may only be borrowed by paid up members.
  2. No member may borrow more than two books at one time.
  3. Books may be retained by the borrower for up to one month, although this may be extended on application to the librarian if books are not required by another member.
  4. The Committee regrets that books cannot be sent to members residing outside the British Isles.
  5. Members borrowing books by post will be requested to pay the postage both ways.
  6. Books returned to the library by post must be properly protected and packed.
  7. The loss of, or damage to, any book whilst in the possession of the borrower must be made good by him or her.
  8. Requests for information must be accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope, unless a book is being borrowed at the same time.
  9. Books are expensive to post. Copies are available at most society meetings and shows on request. Please contact the librarian in advance if a particular book is required.

Click the following links
for the Book List
and the Journal list


Please contact the Orchid Society of Great Britain via the Secretary:
Mrs Zane Rappa 4 Vine Court, Harrow, HA3 0TR. tel: 07984 546055, e-mail: