Current News & Events

  • Innocents engraving Happy New Year 2016

     The Private Library, Series Six, Volume 7:3 (Autumn 2014), an issue devoted to Joan Hassall, is at the printer. Volume 7:4 (Winter 2014), with a major article on Cyril Beaumont, is set and is ready to go to the readers. (Please note that, although the dates are not current, Series Six, Volume 7 (2014) is the current series.) If you would like to purchase either of these issues, please use the order form. Members will, of course, receive their complimentary copy. You may also purchase back issues. Browse the contents of Series 2-6…

    There are two books at the printer at present. Mark Godburn’s Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets and The Book and Periodical Illustrations of Arthur Hughes, by Maroussia Oakley, which will appear later in the year. Both will soon be available to purchase on the books page. Members please log on to the Members’ page for information about receiving your copy.

  • Diamond Jubilee in 2016

    We are firming up plans for our 60th anniversary this year and in the weeks ahead will be posting news about this occasion here on our new website and via our new twitter account.

    Become a member today and join us in our Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations. Planned activities include book fairs, book launch events and a 60th anniversary members’ lunch.  The Members’ AGM, set for early June, will be held this year at the spectacular neo-Gothic John Rylands Library in Manchester. 

     In addition, in honour of our Diamond Jubilee in 2016, a new book is in the planning stages which will celebrate our members’ own private libraries.  (more…)

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.