Current News & Events

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     Autumn Greetings…

     The coming of October brings a distinct chill in the air. We at the PLA hope you are enjoying the arrival of Autumn whilst reading your latest copy of The Private Library, Series Six, Volume 8:1 (Spring 2015). (Please note that, although the dates are not current, Series Six, Volume 8 (2015) is the current series). If you are not a member and would like to purchase this issue, 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…

    Upcoming Book Fairs

    We will be at the PBFA Bath Fair on Saturday, 8 October. Please come by the fair at the Assembly Rooms to say hello if you are in Bath on the October 8th. Details of all PBFA Fairs are found on their website fairs calendar.

    Launch of the University of London Society of Bibliophiles

    A new initiative to bring together book collectors in London will be launched on the evening of Friday, October 28th. The initial meeting of the University of London Society of Bibliophiles will be held from 7-9pm at the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD. All are welcome. The Private Libraries Association will be hosting a joint Christmas party with the University of London Society of Bibliophiles. Date and location TBA. If you are in London on October 28th, do come along for the launch meeting. u-lon-soc-bib-poster

    New books for 2016 and beyond

    Our much anticipated book, The Book and Periodical Illustrations of Arthur Hughes, by Maroussia Oakley, is awaiting final proofs and should be ready to go to press by mid-October and available to purchase soon thereafter. Please watch this space. Mark Godburn’s Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets, published this summer, has been exceptionally well received and copies are now available to purchase. Outside the UK they may be purchased through Oak Knoll.  Members please log on to the Members’ page for information about receiving your copy. 

    Also in the latter stages of preparation is Private Presses in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, by David Chambers. The text is complete, but will require careful editing because of the complexity of the material. It will consist of two volumes, the second being the bibliography.

  • Diamond Jubilee in 2016

    Become a member today and join us in our Diamond Jubilee Year. We have already celebrated with two grand occasions. On May 4th we enjoyed a wonderful celebration luncheon at the Atheneum, in honour of 60 years of the PLA. In addition, this year’s members’ AGM was held on 8th June at the spectacular neo-Gothic John Rylands Library in Manchester, where we received a tour and private viewing. Photos from both events can be seen on the members’ page. 

    We want to encourage all bibliophiles – anyone who loves books – to join at an annual subscription of only £30. You will receive our well-respected quarterly journal, packed with interesting articles on all manner of subjects relating to books. Members also receive discounts on all our publications and a complimentary members book every 2 years.

     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.