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NHBS has been working in partnership with libraries for more than thirty years. As well as stocking all the top-selling books, we work hard to seek out and make available difficult to source titles, unavailable from other booksellers. As a result, we catalogue over 300 new natural history titles per month, making us a true specialist in our field.

If you are a librarian or purchase on behalf of a library, get in touch with us about opening a Library account and take advance of discounts on all your orders.


In addition to our competitive pricing, you will also benefit from:

Discounts and Free Shipping

  • All library orders, no matter how small, are eligible for discount.
  • Library discounts start at 5%. If your annual order value exceeds £2000 (or equivalent), we will increase your discount to 10%.
  • Discounts above 10% are available if your order values warrant this. Please enquire for details.
  • Library discounts are applicable to orders for books only. If a book has a special offer, only the higher of the two discounts will be applied. Magazines, equipment and gift vouchers are exempt. To ensure you are set up with the correct discount, please contact us before placing your first order. Once your account is set up, and you are logged into your account on nhbs.com, you will see the discounted prices that apply to you.
  • Library accounts with high order frequencies can apply for a free consolidated shipping option.

Exceptional Customer Service

  • We will always deal with your requests and queries quickly and professionally – from updating you on your order status and expediting orders to providing hassle-free returns.
  • NHBS work with thousands of specialist suppliers around the world and our dedicated research team are proficient at tracking down hard-to-find titles. If you are looking for a book that’s not in our catalogue, let us know the details and we will send you a quotation.

Flexible Payments

  • We can invoice in UK Pounds, US Dollars or Euros and have bank accounts in all three currencies to support our customers around the world. Please let us know your currency preference when placing your first order.
  • As well as flexibility in currency, NHBS are happy to accept payment by the method that suits you best, including credit card, bank transfer or cheque.
  • By logging into your account, you can place library orders directly from our web page and still receive all the discount and free-shipping benefits that you are entitled to.
  • We can provide a quote or proforma invoice for any items you request. We also offer 30-day credit terms.

Monthly Catalogue

  • The NHBS Monthly Catalogue is published at the beginning of every month and contains details of all books new to NHBS since the previous catalogue. All books are classified by their subject, making it easy to find the titles that will complement your collection.
  • The Monthly Catalogue is an invaluable and unrivalled source of information for subject librarians. There is no other comparable tool covering the whole range of conservation, ecology and natural history.
  • By subscribing to our monthly catalogue, you will receive this information straight to your inbox. In addition, we keep a printable archive of all previous Monthly Catalogues.

Standing Orders

  • When you place a standing order for a book series, we will send each new volume in the series as it is published, along with an invoice. We do all the research and will let you know in advance as soon as we know the price and publication date of the next volume in the series.
  • We only bill you for each volume when it is dispatched to you. If a pre-publication offer exists, you will automatically receive this pricing on the volume.
  • If you have a Library account, all normal benefits you receive will apply to standing orders, including volume discounts and a consolidated dispatch cycle.
  • If you would like to add a standing order to your NHBS account, just let us know the series title, which volume to start with and your order reference and we’ll take care of the rest.

Easy Ordering

  • Orders can be placed online, over the phone, by post or by email.
  • We can provide quotations and proforma invoices.
  • For approved credit accounts, we offer 30-day credit terms.
  • We deliver worldwide and offer a choice of standard or express delivery options.
  • We are very happy to accept orders for books which have not yet been published. These will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available, and you will not be charged or invoiced until they are ready to send.
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