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The Collection

The Eva Crane Library of the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is an international collection of materials relating to bees and bee research housed at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. It is a diverse collection consisting of books, journals, research dissertations, reprints, glass negatives, lantern slides and videos. It is one the most valuable collections on bee research in the world.

The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) Records are also to be found at The National Library of Wales, which consists of the Bee Research Association (BRA) and the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) records, [1876]-2004; together with papers and correspondence of its predecessor bodies, including the Apis Club, 1913-1958 and British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), 1940-1957.

They were donated to NLW by the Director of IBRA in 2006 and 2007.

The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) archive has been catalogued and can be seen on NLW Archives and Manuscripts.


IBRA promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide and is internationally recognised as the world’s primary source and foremost provider of information on bees. Its database and information services, including journals, teaching aids and other publications, embrace all bee species whether managed by man for pollination or their products, or truly wild.

IBRA is a registered educational charity established in 1949 and is funded by sales of publications, through the generosity of its members and supporters, and by donations or legacies.

The Association publishes a range of information about bees for bee scientists, beekeepers and the general public:

  • Journal of Apicultural Research - an award winning refereed scientific journal
  • Bee World - a poplar journal that links beekeeping science and practice
  • Books - covering all aspects of bee science, history, and beekeeping


There is more information about the Society and its activities on the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) website.