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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 Ollé Awards

James G. Ollé (1916-2001) was an active teacher and distinguished writer in the field of library history; and 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.  The value of each James Ollé Award is presently up to £1000. Anyone with a keen interest in Library and/or Information History is encouraged to apply for an Ollé Award. Candidates do not need to be attached to libraries, archive repositories or academic institutions; however, recipients of Ollé Awards must be existing members of the Library and Information History Group, or join the Group on receipt of an Award. The award is not intended to cover conference attendance costs.

Examples of what an Award might be used to fund include:

  • travel and accommodation costs in order to undertake research on an aspect of library or information history
  • attendance costs at a training course on an aspect of library or information history
  • reproduction costs (photocopying, digitisation, photography)

James Ollé Award recipients are required to write a report (maximum 1000 words) of the work undertaken for inclusion in the LIHG's Newsletter. They might also be invited to present a short paper at an LIHG conference or Group meeting, such as the AGM.

Further particulars, expressions of interest and applications, which should include a CV, a statement of plans, a draft budget and the names and addresses of two referees, should be send to the Group's Awards Manager:

Dr Dorothy Clayton

Awards Manager, Library and Information History Group



Library History Essay Award, 2018

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 2018 will be £350.

Essays should embody original historical research on a significant subject, be based on original source materials if possible, and use good composition and style. Essays showing evidence of methodological and historiographical innovation will be particularly welcome.

An author may put himself/herself forward for the prize but may submit only one essay per year. In addition, any member of CILIP may nominate a published essay for consideration.

The entries will be identified and judged by a panel of three:

Chair of the LIHG
Awards Manager of the LIHG
External assessor at the invitation of the LIHG Committee

If nominators or authors have any queries (e.g. whether or not a particular essay is eligible for the Library History Essay Award), please contact the Group's Awards Manager, Dorothy Clayton:

Dr Dorothy Clayton
Awards Manager, Library and Information History Group
0161 638 6429




Montefiascone Project, Italy

The Library and Information History Group is sponsoring two places on the Montefiascone Project in Italy this summer. Niamh Delaney and Mairéad Walsh have been selected to hold these bursaries. Watch out for their blogs from Montefiascone in mid-August, and for an article on their experiences in the autumn LIHG Newsletter.     


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.



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