Library and Information History Group

The Library and Information History Group (LIHG) was formed in 1962. It is one of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professional's oldest special interest groups and is the only group in the UK specifically devoted to the history of libraries and librarianship.

The LIHG has close links with the scholarly journal Library & Information History. Institutional and individual subscriptions to the journal are available. To purchase an institutional subscription, please contact your preferred subscription agent or email Please find out more at:



Latest News


  • External Event: The Bid and Beyond

    Friday, 10 July 2015 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

    Many independent libraries, museums, historic houses, galleries and collections have significant development
    needs and wish to access Heritage Lottery Funding and other funds to realise their ambitions. This conference,
    sponsored by The Portico Library and supported by the Association of Independent Libraries and the Historic
    Libraries Forum will illustrate good practice in applying for and using external funds and is designed for
    independent libraries, museums, archives and galleries across the North, planning to bid for funds for
    development purposes or who simply want an update on development work across the sector.

  • History of Libraries Research Seminar Walk

    Tuesday, 14 July 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    On this library history walk, hear a medley of tales about libraries built, libraries sold and libraries saved. From the shadows will emerge a fine supporting cast of booksellers, auctioneers, dealers, agents and librarians.


  • Visit to three Oxford College libraries

    Monday, 20 July 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

    Join the CILIP Library & Information History Group and the CILIP Thames Valley Group for a unique opportunity to visit three very different historic Oxford College libraries.


  • External Event - Library History Seminar XIII

    Friday, 31 July 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, 2 August 2015 - 5:00pm

    With Boston as the backdrop, this conference seeks to delve into the enduring and evolving aspects of libraries and librarianship. The convergence and divergence of the physical and the digital may result in opportunities and challenges that we do not yet realize. Traditionally libraries have made their collections available to defined audiences, but today it is increasingly difficult to define and delineate user communities. At the same time, so-called “disruptive technologies” in publishing are resulting in new approaches to the collection and dissemination of information.

  • External Event: What do we lose when we lose a library?

    Wednesday, 9 September 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 11 September 2015 - 5:00pm


    To commemorate the centenary of the destruction of the Library of the University of Leuven in 1914, the University (KU Leuven), Goethe-Institut Brüssel and the British Council Brussels are organising a three day international conference on the challenging topic: What do we lose when we lose a library?

  • Lost Libraries 2

    Friday, 18 September 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Twenty-first London contains some of the finest book collections in the world, but what about the libraries that haven't survived? If you know where to look, London's streets and alleyways are crammed with the ghosts of libraries past.

  • Library and Information History Group Conference 2015

    Saturday, 19 September 2015 - 9:00am


  • External Event: Annual CERL Seminar 2015

    Tuesday, 27 October 2015 - 9:00am

    Each year since 1997 the Consortium has organised a seminar with invited speakers addressing subjects relating to the Consortium’s objectives to precede the formal AGM. Most of these Seminars have been published in the series of CERL Papers.  Follow the link beloe for more information on the 2015 Seminar.