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Awards and Bursaries



The Library and Information History Group organises two annual awards:

  • Library History Essay Award
  • James Ollé Awards


The Group also offers its members bursaries to attend events and conferences.


James Ollé 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 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. 


Previous funded projects

The 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. 



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