Bee Library

Our mini Bee Library is free to use for all LSE students and staff members. If you’d like to browse or borrow any of these titles, please send us an email. You can borrow books for up to one month, but we request a £10 deposit in case the book is lost or not returned.


Collins Beekeeper’s Bible
A weighty tome, but pound for pound the most valuable book in our collection. Its all-encompassing scope will appeal equally to the historian, the entomologist, the beekeeper, the student of culture and the home cook (it even has honey recipes!)


The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism
Jürgen Tautz
A beekeepers’ favourite: a thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated reconceptualisation of the bee colony as a ‘superorganism’.


The Joys of Beekeeping
Richard Taylor
A gentle, meditative eulogy to bees and beekeeping by a renowned philosopher who was even more well-known as a beekeeper.


Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities
Luke Dixon
A one-stop reference on urban beekeeping by Dr Luke Dixon, a professional beekeeper who helps us look after the LSE Bees. The book takes the urban beekeeper from set-up to first honey harvest, with advice on equipment, planting, swarm prevention and management, selling honey and much more.


Bees in the City: The Urban Beekeepers’ Handbook
Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum
A comprehensive guide for the novice urban beekeeper, from schools and offices to allotments and inner cities.


Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive
Mark L Winston
Reflections on three decades spent studying honey bees, and on the lessons they can teach about how humans might better interact with one another and the natural world.


Sweetness & Light
Hattie Ellis
A chronicle of bees and honey in history, philosophy, medicine and art, from Stone Age honey hunters to modern-day hives on the rooftops of New York City.


The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us
Bee Wilson
The story of the inspiring relationship between bees, honey and the human world, via Aristotle, Shakespeare, Napoleon and Sherlock Holmes.


A World Without Bees
Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum
A highly readable but stern reminder of the importance of bees, and an investigation into the many threats faced by bee populations worldwide.


The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility
Jill Atkins and Barry Atkins (editors)
Drawing on the expertise of investment professionals, accountants and academics from diverse fields including science, finance and the humanities, the book explores the relationship between bee decline and companies, investors and stock markets.


Honeybee Democracy
Thomas D Seeley
A world-renowned animal behaviorist reveals that bees, who make decisions through fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building, have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making.


Guide to Bees of Britain
O’Toole and Shields Buglife
8-page chart showing 28 common species of bee, including bumblebees, mining bees, cavity-nesting bees and cuckoo bees. Contains illustrations, identification tips, notes on habitat and much more.


A Sting in the Tale
Dave Goulson
A British biologist and conservationist’s passionate drive to reintroduce the bumblebee to its native land. Contains groundbreaking research into these curious creatures, mankind’s long relationship with them, and the many threats they face in an industrialised world.


The Bees
Laline Paull
A thrilling novel about Flora 717, a worker bee with a terrible, guilty secret. Comes with a strong endorsement from Amelia Sharman, former president of the LSESU Beekeeping Society.


More than Honey (DVD)
Markus Imhoof (director)
Multi-award winning documentary about the production of honey, from small family businesses to industrialised honey farms, exploring mankind’s relationship with honeybees and nature, and the terrifying prospect of a world without bees.