Covid-19: In response to the evolving public health challenge caused by COVID-19 we have made the decision to postpone our summer schools for a year. Those who have already registered for a place should have received an email with more information, and will be given priority booking when registration for the summer schools reopens. We hope to offer some online content in lieu of the summer schools this year, so please follow IES Twitter, and sign up to our newsletter for more announcements.


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 2020 will take place from 15 -19 June (week one), 22- 26 June (week two), and 29 June - 3rd 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. 

2020 Courses

Week 1 (15-19 June)

Week 2 (22-26 June)

Week 3 (29 June-3 July)

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.

Support Us

The London Rare Books School is grateful to receive donations in support of its continuing mission to promote the study of all areas of bibliography and the history of the book. In particular, we welcome support that enables the subject to be embraced by a wider constituency of students within and beyond the academy.