The Little Ship Club Library

Come in and browse

We warmly encourage members to come in and browse – particularly on a Tuesday evening when you are most likely to find it open and the Librarian at work

Our collection

We have a small but comprehensive collection of specialist books on all aspects of boats and boating.  Some of these books have been in the Club's possession since its foundation in 1926 and make fascinating reading; whilst some are the latest publications.

NEW Arrivals:  Book on Dun Laoghaire, a gift from our HPO there; the latest Heikell on Mediterranean Cruising

Borrowing books

If there is no one about, you will find instructions on how to find a book and how to borrow a book in the Sign Out Shelf in the right-hand bookcase.

There is a Blue Folder which contains a printout of the Catalogue and a brown Borrowing Log where you can record the book you wish to borrow.

Boats

Design, building, buying, rigs, fittings, engines, electrics, repair and maintenance.

Cruising

Techniques, boat handling, seamanship, crewing, anchors and moorings, knots, flags, safety and cooking.

Data

The latest pilot books, cruising guides,  almanacs and tidal data, legal matters.  These are reference books for use only within the Club House;  they can be found in the left-hand cupboard.  All questions yoiu might have on the catalogue system in this section are answered on the information sheet pinned up in that cupboard

Fun/Fact/Fiction

Factual of general nature, oceans, seas and marine biology, marine art fiction —' tales, long, short and tall', nautical humour and bunkside books.

History

Naval History, biographies, descriptions of evolution of nautical arts & crafts

Metereology

Meteorology in general, weather forecasting, equipment and instruments

Navigation 

Techniques of pilotage, coastal and offshore navigation, development and use of navigation equipment

Racing

Racing rules, techniques

Sails

Design, care and repair of sails, sailmaking & sailmakers.

The authors are listed alphabeticaly within each category and each book has its own catalogue number.

Buying books

Can't get into the Club to borrow a book, visit our book reviews page and buy from our Amazon Store. Click on the green box Buy from Amazon and continue shopping on Amazon.

Can't see what you want? Browse the catalogues of some of the Club's favourite publishers.
Fernhurst Books

Fernhurst Books

An independent company, run by a team of enthusiastic sailors and racers.  With a catalogue that reflects this.

Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing

 A wide range of excellent non-fiction books and professional titles.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Adlard Coles

The world’s largest nautical publisher,with books for all levels of expertise and on all topics of interest.

Imray Publishing

Imray

For  charts,  electronic charts and guides and pilot books by leading authors.

Debbie Wheeler, LSC Librarian

Debbie Wheeler, Club Librarian

Book reviewers needed!

The library receives a steady supply of new books from publishers who like to see reviews of their new publications.  If you would like to try your hand at reviewing, email the Librarian@Littleshipclub.co.uk.

Researchers welcome

We are very happy to make our archive of older books and Club records available in the Club house for research both to members and also to non-members. 

 

Gifts and donations

We rarely buy books. Our stock comes to us through the kindness and generosity of  maritime institutions, nautical  publishers and Club members.  For more information about gifts to the Club and our donors, email: Librarian@Littleshipclub.co.uk