The BLS Library

The Society maintains a collection of books, reprints and periodicals housed within the library of the National Botanic Garden of Wales at Llanarthney near Carmarthen in Wales (see ). It contains about 6,000 items, including complete runs of the The Bulletin and The Lichenologist. Of especial interest are two first editions of books by Acharius, the Swedish ‘father of lichenology’.

The library is usually open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and at other times by appointment, but if you intend to visit it is best to contact either the volunteer library team at or the BLS librarian Theresa Greenaway at least a week beforehand.

Most, but not all, the books and periodicals can be borrowed by members in return for an undertaking to return the item plus reimbursing the National Botanic Garden of Wales for the postal costs. The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland will not normally be lent out as the postal costs would be close to the purchase price of the book, instead you are encouraged to purchase your own copy or arrange to borrow one locally.

Copies of reprints can be made by arrangement.

Should you have books or journals on any aspect of lichenology, including unpublished survey reports and theses, please contact Ray Woods who will evaluate them in discussion with Margot Greer.


The Society’s archives are currently housed at Bradford University under the care of the archivist, Mark Seaward, who should be contacted with regard to any enquiries. They may soon be moved to Llanarthne to be kept with the library.