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:




  • National Libraries Day Special Event

    Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

    Celebrate National Libraries Day with a free walking tour introducing the capital's fascinating library history.

  • Navigating London

    Thursday, 26 March 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

    This brand new walk will carry you back through time to find out how previous generations have attempted to make sense of London. Whether a Cockney by birth or visiting the city for the first time, come along to hear the fascinating stories that lie behind the guides, handbooks, lists, directories and maps of old.

  • 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.