The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught in and around Senate House, University of London. London Rare Books School 2017 will take place from 26 - 30 June (week one), 3 - 7 July (week two), and for the first time the School will run a third week of courses from 10-14 July. Each course lasts five days. Bookings cannot be made for individual days.
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. The following courses have been confirmed for 2017.
Week 1 26 - 30 June
Week 2 3 - 7 July
Week 3 10 - 14 July
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. There is timetabled 'library time' that allows students to explore the rich resources of the University's Senate House Library, one of the UK's major research libraries. There will also be an evening programme with an opening reception and talk, a book-related guided walking tour, and a reception hosted by a major London antiquarian bookseller.
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.