The Kipling Society Library, has been established at Haileybury since 2015. The collection forms the research library of the Kipling Society, a literary society dedicated to study and appreciation of the life and works of Rudyard Kipling. Two of the founders of the Society, Major General Lionel Dunsterville and George Beresford, were friends of Kipling at the United Services College.
The library contains Kipling’s prose and verse, biographies on the writer, members of his family, friends and literary criticism. Included in the collection there are pirated publications and work published in periodicals. In addition there are scrap books of his journalism, musical scores, and collections of images of Kipling published in his life time. There are also printed ephemera, letters and photographs in the library relating to Kipling and his family. The books and ephemera contained in the library complement those items held in the Haileybury Archive and Special Collections.
Items from the collection include complete sets of the Outward Bound, the Edition de lux, Bombay (on loan from Haileybury) and Sussex editions, one of John Lockwood Kipling’s sketchbooks and the 1899 American facsimile edition of Departmental Ditties.
The Kipling Library is available to be consulted by scholars, students and interested members of the public with sufficient prior notice. Request visit. It will possible to consult the collection’s holding using the HIKS Catalogue in Spring 2021.