Current News & Events

  • Innocents engravingSpring Greetings

     The Private Library, Series Six, Volume 7:4 (Winter 2014), an issue devoted to the publications of Cyril W. Beaumont, is now out. (Please note that, although the dates are not current, Series Six, Volume 7 (2014) is the current series.) If you 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…

    New books for 2016 and beyond

    The Book and Periodical Illustrations of Arthur Hughes, by Maroussia Oakley, is now available to purchase. Mark Godburn’s Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets and will soon be available to purchase. Please see the books page for information and prices. 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 celebrations. On May 4th we enjoyed a wonderful celebration luncheon at the Atheneum, in honour of 60 years of the PLA. We will also, for the first year, have a stand at the PBFA Bristol Premier Book Fair July 15 & 16, in addition to the fairs at York and Bath in the Autumn. 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.