Current News & Events

  • Upcoming Book Fairs

    The Private Libraries Association will be at the York Book Fair on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September. The York book fair is the largest rare, antiquarian & out-of-print book fair in the U.K. 

    As is becoming traditional for the PLA, we will once again be at the Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford Brookes University on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November. We look forward to seeing you there. 

    You will have the opportunity to buy books from our back stock at both events, the prices of which we have reduced quite considerably. For information on our publications and prices, see our publications pages. The information on publications is also available in the new prospectus, available from Jim Maslen via our contact form.


    New Books Catalogue out now —

    substantial Summer 2015 price reductions 

    We have 16 titles which you may order via the on-line order form, including Gogmagog, Morris Cox & The Gogmagog Press by David Chambers, Colin Franklin & Alan Tucker. Browse the catalogue here.



  • Diamond Jubilee in 2016

    We are gearing up for our 60th anniversary in 2016 and in the months ahead will be posting news about this occasion here on our new website and via our new twitter account.

    New publication in the works... A new book is to be published in celebration of our diamond jubilee in 2016 (though unlikely to be published before 2017.) The intention is to celebrate in book form the passion we have for our own private libraries – whether they be paperbacks or leather bound volumes, new books or old. It will be a collection of colour photographs, handsomely styled, displaying a selection of PLA members’  libraries, balanced with views of individual volumes – contents and or bindings of special interest.

    Chairman and Editor David Chambers at work amongst his books

    Chairman and Editor David Chambers at work amongst his books

    Members are encouraged to make contact and submit photos. More information and contact information is on the members’ page.


Welcome to The Private Libraries Association

Founded in 1956, the Private Libraries Association is an international society of book collectors – collectors of rare books, fine books, single authors, special subjects, and, above all collectors of books for the simple pleasures of reading and ownership.

Private Libraries AssociationThe Association publishes a well regarded quarterly journal, The Private Library. It prints essays on members’ libraries, specialised collections, the work of the private presses, illustrators and, indeed, any aspect of the mania likely to appeal to collectors.  Reviews of new books are a regular feature.

A series of illustrated books on specialised aspects of book collecting has been issued over the past fifty years, those still in print described in our current Books Catalogue.  Also available is the annual bibliography Private Press Books, the definitive checklist for worldwide private press output from 1960 to 2008, which has been published by the Private Libraries Association since 1959.

Become a member today!  Members receive the journal, free books, discounts and access to the exclusive members’ Newsletter and  Exchange List, which is issued quarterly. Members can also access members’ information via their new Members’ Page on the website, using their exclusive member log in. In addition, as correspondence within the Association is encouraged, a Members’ Handbook is issued, listing member contacts and collecting interests.