ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections


ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections is a forum for library and information professionals who are responsible for, and interested in, rare books and special collections. The group provides an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of information on rare books as well as other special collections including ephemera, manuscripts, maps and pictorial materials. Our focus is on the collection, description, preservation, interpretation, promotion and use of these materials.




Convenor: Maggie Patton (State Library of New South Wales) @MaggiePatts
Events/ALIA Liaison: Diana Richards (ALIA) @dianarichards24
Secretary/Social Media: Dr Rachel Franks (State Library of New South Wales) @cfwriter


London Rare Books School  -Senate House, University of London, 18 June – 6 July 2018
A series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects.  Fees are £650 (standard) | £520 (student) with additional discounts for multi-week bookings. A limited number of bursaries are available. Most courses can be taken for credit toward a postgraduate certificate or diploma in book history or toward the Institute’s MA/MRes in the History of the Book.  

Further information and advice on applications is available here: 

Melbourne Rare Book Week/Melbourne Rare Book Fair - Melbourne, 29 June - 8 July 2018

SHARP 2018 - The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Conference, Western Sydney University 9-13 July 2018

The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (BSANZ) Annual Conference 2018 – Marginalia: Bibliography at the Margins University of Queensland  29-30 November 2018. Conference details and the Call for Papers can be found here.


Upcoming ALIA RBSC events will be listed here.


Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers: Home Page

Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand: Home Page

Careers in Rare Books and Special Collections: FAQs

Conservation Online: Resources for Conservation Professionals

Melbourne Rare Book Week: Home Page

Rare Book School: Advance Reading Lists

Valuation of Books and Other Printed Items: A Guide

professional groups

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) Rare Books and Special Collections Group

American Library Association (US) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

International Federation of Library Associations (Intl) Rare Books and Special Collections Section

Group interest
Rare books and special collections
Group category