The Library Catalogue

Our full library catalogue will not be online for some time yet. Below is a rough outline of the categories of books to give you an idea of what we have in stock.

Very young to young adult on low shelves that invite chaos for little readers!

Fiction by Chinese authors translated into English, plus fiction set in China by foreign authors, Chinese history, politics, and society, poetry and plays, books on Chinese art and ceramics, travel tales in China.

In this section we cover classic wars – The American Civil War by Ian Beckett, Ancient civilizations – Daily Life of the Aztecs by Jacques Soustelle, intellectually stimulating – Light from the Ancient Past, The Archeological Background of the Hebrew-Christian Religion, to more recent goings on, Love and Death in Katmandu – A Strange Tale of Royal Murder by Amy Willesee.

Collections include; The Second World War, by Winston Churchill, The Cambridge Modern History, and the Dupuy Military History collection.

Biography and Autobiography
Some from our selection include: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, My Life by Richard Wagner, Charles Chaplin – My Autobiography, Einstein – The Life and Times by Clark. Other people covered include; Marilyn Monroe, Sir Francis Drake, Winston Churchill, Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher, Philip Larkin, Elvis and Charles Dickens.

We have the complete shelves of biographies and autobiographies, so something to suit everyone.

Politicians, historians, composers and musicians, stars and characters in society, business people, explorers, writers

Current Affairs
Our current affairs shelves also house our "not quite sure where else to put them" books, and the result is a wonderful collection of the strange and the mysterious as well as current goings on. They include: An Embarrassment of Tyrannies, ed. By W. L. Webb and Rose Bell, WorldHunder 12 Myths by Frances Moore Lappe, 65 Tales of the Supernatural, Fermat’s Enigma by Simon Singh and Intelligent Design by William A. Dembski.

On the Philosophy shelves you will find many of the classic thinkers including – Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1,2 and 3, also Francis Bacon’s The Anatomy of an Enigma. More substantial reading required? Perhaps try J Stalin’s Problems of Leninism. The thoughts of Laozi and introductions to Asian philosophy can also be found here.

Books for beach-readers and literary snobs alike. This is our fastest growing section – literally!

What do you fancy – mystery, romance, gripping thrillers, classics, modern classics, arty literature, foreign authors…? You really must come and see for yourselves, we have about 10,000 books of fiction.

Travel tales, tips for travelers, and picture books, plus Lonely Planet and other guidebooks for over 20 countries

Poetry and Plays
Shakespeare’s Complete works, the poems of Philip Larkin and Tom Gunn, Victorian Female Poets, American Modern Plays, Complete works of T.S. Eliot, Gogol and Steve Martin, Ted Hughes and Dylan Thomas, Brecht, Strinberg, John Arden, Bond, Homer’s Iliad, Virgil’s The Aeneid, war poets such as Wilfred Own and many more.

Maternity, personal development, nutrition and dieting.

Leadership strategies, modern business concepts of Jack Welch and Dilbert, company success tales, HR and training, recruitment, making money work for you. The list is extensive and broad in subjects.

Foreign language
A growing selection titles in German, French, Italian, Dutch and Russian.

A mixture of coffee table books, art criticism, and art history, including many titles from the Thames and Hudson "World of Art" series

History of music, composers and their works, world music, modern musicians and their lives. From Mozart to Bird, Haydn to Shostokovich, and the history of a variety of musical types including Kobbes’ Guide to Opera and the story of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Picture books
The Guinness Book of Records, Fishing Australia, Roads to Xanadu, Curiosities of the Plant Kingdom… National Geographic picture books of different countries, art books, and a huge collection of general interest books to browse through while enjoying a coffee.

A large selection of the ever-popular Granta books of short fiction

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other tools necessary to complete crosswords and win arguments!

Copies of the National Geographic dating right back to the 1960’s, plus a continuous stream of weekly magazines kindly donated by members including: The Week, The Economist, The New Yorker, and many, many more. For the full selection, make sure to visit the Bookworm bathrooms.


Library Membership Fees:

New Members

  • Individual 1 year 300rmb
  • Individual 1/2 year 200rmb
  • Family Membership 500rmb

Membership extensions

  • Individual 1 year 250rmb
  • Individual 1/2 year 150rmb
  • Family membership 500rmb

Books for Sale

We are building our stock of books for sale, please feel free to browse and buy. The library books are not for sale.

Lending Terms

Individual members may take two books for up to two weeks at a time, or six books for two weeks for family membership holders.

Opening hours

9am – 1am

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Slow boat to China – there is a constant supply of books on their way from the ports of San Francisco and Portsmouth.
Do you have any books you don’t want any more? There are plenty of bookworms out there that would appreciate any donations.

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Chao Yang District, Beijing
100000, P.R. China

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