Current News & Events

  • Oxford Fine Press Book Fair, 31 October & 1 November 

    As is becoming traditional for the PLA, we will once again be at the Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford Brookes University on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November. We look forward to seeing you there. 

    You will have the opportunity to buy books from our back stock, the prices of which we have reduced quite considerably. For information on our publications and prices, see our publications pages. The information on publications is also available in the new prospectus, available from Jim Maslen via our contact form.

  • 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…)

  • Diamond Jubilee in 2016

    We are gearing up for our 60th anniversary in 2016 and in the weeks and months ahead will be posting news about this occasion here on our new website and via our new twitter account. Our 60th year will offer our members exclusive launch events for our new publications and a gala dinner. 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.