Current News & Events

  • Members’ Pages

    Members, please log onto the Members’ Pages for extended news and access to a pdf of the Members’ Newsletters and Handbook. If you do not have your log-in details, please contact us via the contact form and we will send you the information you need to access the pages.


  • The PLA on the road this Autumn: Book Fairs in York, Bath & Oxford

    The PLA thoroughly enjoyed having stalls at the York Book Fair in September and the Bath Book Fair and the Oxford Fine Press Fair in October. We signed up new members, sold books and chatted with book collectors and sellers alike, many of whom are PLA members. See photos on the Members’ Page.


  • Upcoming Book Trade History Conference

    Applications are now open for the 37th Conference on Book Trade History, Words on Paper: Transmission in Manuscript and Print, from the Fifteenth Century, to be held in London’s Stationers’ Hall on 29/30th November 2015.  Conference delegates will also have the rare opportunity for a guided tour of the world-famous College of Arms.  (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.