Please note the library has been relocated.

Further details will be posted in due course.


Ever since its founding in 1990, the Society has been building a library of books, journals and other material concerned with haiku and the other poetic forms within our sphere of interest. Many items have been specifically purchased, but we also gratefully acknowledge many donations by members, authors, editors and publishers.

There is an on-line catalogue of the library holdings. It is to be found as the bhslibrary list at If you wish to borrow any item listed, click on its title, which will open a new page with details.

For many years titles from the library stock have been available for postal loan to members (regrettably, loans are restricted to UK/NI members only, due to the much higher costs and much increased risk of loss or damage with overseas postings – sorry, but ‘overseas’ includes RoI). There is no charge for loans, but the borrower must pay the postage costs both ways.

The library has several hundred books which include general works on haiku and related forms, anthologies, individual collections, conference reports and research papers. Also, there is a collection of the most important haiku periodicals.

The new librarian is in the process of familiarising himself with the collection and updating the catalogue.

If you are a BHS member and would like to borrow from the BHS Library:

  1. Find the postal charge for the book you require (coded in the 4th column of the catalogue)ie. A – £1.40 ; B – £2.20 ; C – £2.60
  2. Purchase stamps to the value of the postal rate for the item you wish to borrow.
  3. Send stamps and details of the item you wish to borrow to the librarian.
  4. Please obtain a Certificate of Posting when returning loan items, so that a claim may be lodged if the package is lost or damaged. If you fail to obtain a Certificate of Posting you will be required to pay for any necessary repair or replacement.

Please feel free to contact the librarian if you have any problems with this borrowing process (details below).

All items are lent for a period of four weeks (but loans can be extended if no other borrowers have requested the item concerned).

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