The Institute administers the day-to-day business of the Bibliographical Society (BibSoc). Founded in 1892, BibSoc is a world-renowned leader in the study of the book and its history. BibSoc also provides bursaries for three places on the London Rare Books School.  The objectives of the Society are: 

  • to promote and encourage study and research in the fields of historical, analytical, descriptive and textual bibliography, the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, bookbinding and collecting
  • to hold meetings at which papers are read and discussed
  • to print and publish a journal and  books concerned with bibliography 
  • to maintain a bibliographical library
  • from time to time to award a medal for services to bibliography and support bibliographical research by awarding grants and bursaries.


Membership is open to all who by profession or private interest are concerned with bibliography. To apply for membership, please complete the online membership form

For postal queries, please contact the Society's at: 

The Honorary Secretary
The Bibliographical Society
c/o Institute of English Studies
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street

Further Details

For further information about The Bibliographical Society, please visit the Society's website: