Library Collection

Housing approximately 17,000 books, the Neilson Hays Library is one of the largest collections of English language titles in Bangkok open to the general public. Offering a wide variety of contemporary fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, new books are added to the collection every month.

Whether you are looking for the latest prize winner, crime thriller, a recipe for a dinner party, or far-flung travel ideas, – you will find inspiration here, along with many books on the Southeast Asian region (including some early editions) that are difficult to find elsewhere.

Renewing Books

Books may be renewed once the initial loan period has expired, as long as they have not been requested by another member. It is not necessary to bring the books to the library. Renewals can be made to the Librarian in person or by calling the library at 02-233-1731 or emailing

Book Buying

Members are welcome to browse links such as the Guardian Book Review and New York Times Book Review and submit suggestions for new books to our book-buying group, which meets monthly.

If suitable, we will gladly purchase them. Please attach a copy of the review to the book request slip, available at the Library reception desk or complete our online New Book Request Form.