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The Library and Information History Group organises two annual awards: the Library History Essay Award and the James Ollé Awards.

The LIHG also offers bursaries for its members to attend CILIP's annual conferences and its own study conferences.


James Olle Awards

James G. Ollé (1916-2001) was an active teacher and distinguished writer in the field of library history. The Library and Information History Group has offered awards in his memory since 2002 with the intention of encouraging a high level of activity in library and information history


Library History Essay Award

The Library and Information History Group's Library History Essay Award is an annual prize for the best essay on library history published in, or pertaining to, the British Isles, within the previous calendar year.  Introduced in 1996, the award is organized and sponsored by the LIHG and aims to improve the quality and increase the quantity of writing on library history in the British Isles. The prize in 2017 was £350. 

Previous funded projects

The Library and Information History Group is keen to support projects in any field of library and information history. In the past this has taken the form of financial support, provision of expertise, dissemination of research findings via the Group’s publications or events, or potentially providing web-hosting of resources created by a project.  Below are examples of previous projects supported by the LIHG.



There are no current bursaries

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