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Library & Information History Journal

Library & Information History (formerly Library History) was established in 1967 under the aegis of the Library History Group of the Library Association (which merged with the Institute of Information Scientists in 2002 to form the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). It is the only British periodical devoted exclusively to the history of libraries and librarianship and to the field of information history.

Throughout history, libraries have been the repositories of knowledge of all kinds. In recent times library history has been enhanced by the flourishing scholarly interest in provenance research and the history of reading. As we have entered the information age, these histories have broadened into a history of information, with historians reconsidering the fundamental concepts and manifestations of information in society.

Library & Information History is a fully-refereed, quarterly journal publishing articles of a high academic standard from international authors on all subjects and all periods relating to the history of libraries and librarianship, and to the history of information in its broadest sense. Issues include substantial articles as well as book reviews, occasional surveys of recent publications, and guides to relevant sources. Submissions of interest or queries can be sent to the Editor, Professor Peter Reid, at

Library & Information History is a journal for anyone interested in the social, cultural and intellectual history of libraries and of information. Editorials, articles and tables of contents can be searched online at Taylor & Francis Online.  Institutional and individual subscriptions to the journal are available here or by email to


50th Anniversary Edition

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