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.

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.


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


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


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


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


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


Meteorology in general, weather forecasting, equipment and instruments


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


Racing rules, techniques


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 BUY FROM AMAZON green box 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, including the original founder.

Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing

A well-established publishing company internationally renowned for producing high-quality professional titles, as well as a wide range of excellent non-fiction books.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Adlard Coles

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

Imray Publishing


Our catalogue of yachting charts is regarded as the most comprehensive available. Our paper charts are complemented by electronic publications and high quality 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. The reviews published on the website also act as a quasi on-line catalogue. If you would like to become one of our reviewers contact us now.

Researchers welcome

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

In the past this resource has been used by television broadcasters, writers and marine institutions. Contact us here

Gifts and donations

We rarely buy books. Our stock comes to us through the kindness and generosity of our members, who are downsizing, maritime institutions and marine publishers. We would like to recognise the contribution made by Bloomsbury Press (part of Adlard Coles Publications), Imray, Fernhurst Books and Whittles Publishing.  Most recently Tim and Anne Bizzey have donated some of their collection of cruising guides to Scotland and the North East of England.

This year the Library has benefited from a bequest from the estate of Marten Van Mesdag, which included his collection of books on historic boats and boat building on the US East Coast, the gift of a magnificent copy of the Americas Cup Designs 1851-1989 by Ian Bucknell of London, and The Cruising Guide to Narrangansett Bay by Dave McConnell of New England .  Earlier benefactors have been John Hanford of Berkshire, Mr Bob Taylor of Lincolnshire,