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

  • Committee Vacancy: Publicity Officer

    We are seeking a new Publicity Officer to start as soon as possible. The incumbent will be responsible for advertising the Group's events, awards, meetings, etc. through social media, email lists, newsletter articles, and for writing articles for our blog.


  • 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

    The 2015 Library and Information History Group conference on Libraries and the Development of Professional Knowledge will be held at Pusey House in Oxford on Saturday 19 September 2015. This conference will consider the various ways in which libraries have served as generators of professional knowledge, and examine how they succeeded in doing so.

  • 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.