Current News & Events

  • Innocents engravingSummer is upon us!

    Although the weather, not to mention the political climate, has been tumultuous in these first few weeks of summer, we at the Private Libraries Association are, as always, focused on books! We will be launching the sale of two new publications (see below) at the PBFA/ABA Bristol Premier Book Fair on the 15th and 16th July. Please come by the PLA table (stand 40/41) to say hello. The fair is wonderful opportunity to join the PLA in its 60th anniversary year. You may join on the day and walk away with your free member book.

     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 and Mark Godburn’s Nineteenth-Century Dust-Jackets are now available to purchase. Outside the UK they may be purchased through Oak Knoll. Alternatively, you may buy a copy at our stall at the PBFA/ABA Bristol Premier Book Fair, July 15th and 16th, 2016. 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.

    Upcoming Book Fairs

    The PLA is pleased to have a stall this year at the PBFA/ABA Bristol Premier Book Fair, July 15th and 16th. Come along and say hello and browse and buy books from over 80 dealers. We are also pleased to have a stall at the PBFA York National Premier Book Fair again this year on 16 and 17 September  in York as well this autumn.

  • 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.