Council's Choice for July

A monthly series of bibliography- or book-related links recommended by members of the Society’s Council.

A new series initiated by our President, Margaret Ford.

Virtual Summer Visit: Thursday, 23 July 2020

The Society’s annual summer visit has had to be cancelled this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of visiting the Library and Archives of Hatfield House as planned, we invite you to join us for a virtual visit to three other splendid UK libraries.
·         Thomas Plume’s Library, Maldon, Essex: a private library of over 8,000 books acquired by the 17th-century churchman and philanthropist.
·         Innerpeffray Library, Perthshire: Scotland’s first free public lending library, founded in 1680.
·         Lincoln College Oxford.

Nominations for Council and Vice-President

The Society is seeking to appoint five new Council members at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 20 October 2020. Also at the AGM Margaret Ford will step down as President and will be succeeded by James Raven. Nominations for Council and a Vice-President will be considered at the Council meeting on 15 September 2020 and should be submitted to the Hon.

Council's choice

Bibliography- or book-related links recommended by members of the Society’s Council

A new series initiated by our President, Margaret Ford.

July 2020

My link is to the London Review of Books blog:

Cathedral Libraries Catalogue

The catalogue records for volume two of the Society's Cathedral Libraries Catalogue have been added to the national Jisc Library Hub Discover service (which has replaced COPAC).

Summer Visit 2020


Coronavirus update

Because of the present restrictions on travel and large gatherings, the Bibliographical Society's events for the rest of this season are cancelled.

It is hoped that the lectures will be postponed to a later date in the 2020-2021 season.

The Society continues to monitor the situation around the coronavirus outbreak.

Bibliographical training at the John Rylands Library

The Bibliographical Society is pleased to offer a morning of bibliographical training, to be held in Manchester at the John Rylands Library on Friday, 22 May.

The event will run from 10:00-12:30 and will provide an introduction to topics such as the identification of bibliographical format, writing a collation formula and recognising important features of hand-press books.  It is open to anyone who needs these skills but is particularly aimed at:

Virtual Issue of 'The Library' Now Available

The Library is happy to announce the publication of its new annual 'Virtual Issues'. It comprises a retrospective gathering of key articles in a particular field that have appeared in the pages of The Library since the journal’s first appearance. These have been chosen by a guest editor, who has also supplied an editorial reflecting on the field, its history, and its prospects, here and beyond.

From College Library to Country House

14–18 September 2020