London Rare Books School

Arcimboldo, The Librarian, 1566The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of London's federal system.

The courses

Our courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Senate House Libraries, and many more.

Our courses are taught intensively in small groups of no more than 12 students in order to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the teachers and to get very close to the books. Each course consists of thirteen seminars amounting in all to twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday lunchtime and Friday afternoon. All courses stress the materiality of the book so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and other artefacts from some of the world's greatest collections.

Taking courses for credit

We offer postgraduate credit for LRBS courses at the Institute of English Studies, which is part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Taking London Rare Books School courses for credit.  

A community of Learners

LRBS is not just about intellectual excitement; we also aim to create a friendly community of students and tutors.  There will be plenty of opportunity for students to get to know not only members of their own group but also students and tutors from others courses

The City and the University

London - with its long history of book production, its role as one of the world’s major publishing centres, and its unrivalled libraries, museums and archives - is the ideal place in which to study book history.  Most of the sessions take place in Senate House which is next to the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury. Venue.


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