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The  Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (3rd edn, 2016) is the only publication to bring together rare book and special collections from all kinds of libraries across the British Isles and is an essential research tool for researchers and librarians throughout the world. We are now updating it and would like to know of libraries with rare book or other special collections not represented in the 2016 edition; academic libraries, archives with book collections, libraries in museums, independent libraries and others. To find out what libraries are in the 2016 edition – and therefore to deduce what libraries are not – please click here. If you know of libraries which have rare book or otherwise special collections and are not listed, please contact the editor, Dr Karen Attar on by 15 February 2020. She will be delighted to hear from you, and users will be grateful to you.

This is a call for new libraries only: entries for these libraries will appear in an appendix, and we regret that entries for libraries currently represented in the Directory cannot be updated.


The CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Newsletter Issue 113, Autumn 2019 has now been published.

Autumn 2019, Issue 113 (pdf)

Autumn 2019, Issue 113 (Word)


CILIP RBSCG Diversity Statement

The CILIP RBSCG Diversity Statement was agreed by the Committee on the 14th of May 2019. 


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The Rare Books Newsletter includes articles, news and reviews, as well as the text of many papers delivered at Group meetings.

From 2009 the newsletter has been available freely via this website.  Archived issues of the newsletter are also available online.







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