The fee for the London Rare Books School is £750 for one week, which includes the provision of documentary material and refreshments.

There is a further charge of £180 per course for students who wish to be assessed for credit offered by the University of London. 

LRBS Rates 2024

  Rate per course
Standard  £750
Concession*  £580


  • Bookings cannot be made for individual days of the courses.
  • Attendance is for the full five days. 
  • A discount is available if you book a course on both LRBS Week 1 and 2. Details will be sent once a place on LRBS Week 1 is confirmed.
  • The fee does not include accommodation.
  • Please note that some of the courses will involve travel to offsite locations. Travel costs are not included in the course fees and students are responsible for organising and covering their own travel costs to any offsite classes.

Bursaries 2024

We are pleased to offer a number of bursaries for attendance at the IES London Rare Books School. We are grateful for the support of Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Bibliographical Society, Dr Williams's Library, Maggs Bros and the Sambrook Fund, all of whom have kindly provided funds for these bursaries.

  • Bursaries offered range from full fees to a fee reduction. 
  • Applications will be judged on the basis of financial need, as well as benefit to the applicant. We will use your ‘Statement of Motivation’ and ‘Statement of Need’ to help us make the awards.
  • Decisions will be made by senior academic staff in the IES.
  • You are usually expected to write a short blog after attending LRBS about your experience.  

If you have any questions about the Bursary scheme, please email iesevents@sas.ac.uk.

Apply for a bursary now.

Applications should be submitted by 14th April 2024, and you will be notified of the outcome by the end of April 2024.


The University accepts Visa/Mastercard/Maestro/Solo (UK only)/Visa Debit. No other credit cards (e.g. American Express) can be accepted. 

If you would like to discuss payment options, please contact the IES team (iesevents@sas.ac.uk). 


An application to the London Rare Books School reserves a spot on your chosen course. As the courses are aimed at a postgraduate MA level (and can be taken for credit), sometimes we will need additional material to assess your application. The Summer School Administrator will contact you via email if the LRBS Admissions Team requires additional material to assess your application. If your application is not successful, the Summer School Administrator will initiate a full refund and will contact you via email to confirm that the reimbursement process has begun. Refunds may take up to three weeks, but are generally processed within two weeks. 

If your chosen course is fully booked, please email the IES Events Office to be placed on the waiting list. If a place becomes available, you will be notified by email and asked to complete payment within 30 days.