London Rare Books School

The London Rare Books School (LRBS) at the Institute of English Studies, University of London runs a series of intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught in and around Senate House and online.

LRBS runs short courses throughout the year, as well as a longer summer school in June and July.

LRBS will run across two weeks, from 20 June - 1 July 2022.

Unless otherwise specified, LRBS courses are introductory courses and no specialist prior knowledge is required. Participants on London Rare Books School courses are normally expected to hold an undergraduate degree. For more information, please contact the Director.  

The London Rare Books School offers a small number of bursaries generously provided by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Bibliographical Society, and the Sambrook Fund. These are designed to help those who could not otherwise afford to attend LRBS. To apply for a bursary, please tick the 'I wish to be considered for a bursary' on the application form. Please note that our 2022 deadline for bursary applications has been extended until Monday 25 April 2022.

The fee for the London Rare Books School is £680 for one week, which includes the provision of documentary material, sandwich lunches and coffee and tea. There is a further charge of £180 per course for students who wish to be assessed for credit offered by the University of London.

Student rates and multiple bookings are as follows:

  Standard Student
Short course online £175 £100
One week  £680 £550
Two weeks £1360 £1100

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LRBS Director

Dr Andrew Nash

Reader in Book History and Director of the London Rare Books School

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