Please note that the following details refer to the 2018 Summer School. Details for the 2019 Summer School will be available from 15 October.

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 2018 will take place from 18 - 22 June (week one), 25 - 29 June (week two), and 2-6 July (week three). Each course lasts five days. Bookings cannot be made for individual days. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full. The deadline for payment is 8 June 2018.

2018 courses

Week 1 (18 - 22 June)

Provenance in Books [NB: course full - waiting list established]

The Book in the Ancient World

Children's Books

Colour Printing I: 1400-1800

The Medieval Book [NB: course full - waiting list full]

Week 2 (25 - 29 June)

Week 3 (2 - 6 July)

European Bookbinding [NB: course full - waiting list established​]

The Book in the Industrial Age

Medieval Illuminations [NB: course full - waiting list full]

The Modern Rare Book Trade

Digital Scholarly Editing [NB: course full - waiting list full​]

Blocks and Plates (Held at St Bride Library) [NB: course full - waiting list full]

Our courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London.

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.