The Library: Transactions of The Bibliographical Society

The Library, the journal of the Bibliographical Society, is now available in both printed and electronic form. For more than a hundred years it has been the pre-eminent UK scholarly journal for the study of bibliography and of the role of the book in history.

All aspects of descriptive, analytical, textual and historical bibliography come within its scope, including the history of the production, distribution and reception of books, both manuscript and printed; the history of collecting and of libraries; paper, printing types, book illustration, and binding; and the transmission of texts and their authenticity.

Each quarterly issue of The Library contains approximately 120 pages, illustrated where necessary. As well as articles and notes, each issue includes book reviews and lists of recent books and periodicals in the field. A comprehensive index is issued annually.

Offers of contributions to The Library and other correspondence concerning The Library should be directed to the Hon. Editor:

Dr Bill Bell
Centre for the History of the Book & School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures
The University of Edinburgh
18 Buccleuch Place

Notes for contributors are available here.

Books for review should be sent to the Hon. Review Editor:
Julianne Simpson,
Collections& Research Support Manager (Printed Books)
The John Rylands University Library
The University of Manchester
150 Deansgate
Manchester, M3 3EH
Publishers and others are asked to note that space in The Library for review is limited, and that only books of a definitely bibliographical character can be noticed fully. Brief, mainly descriptive notes will be published of relevant books received which cannot be given a full-length review. The Library does not deal with the techniques of modern library administration.

The Library is designed and produced by Oblong Creative Ltd, Wetherby, and printed by Henry Ling Ltd, Dorchester. The online version of the journal is published on behalf of the Bibliographical Society by Oxford University Press, which maintains free electronic Table of Contents, pages of recent volumes as well as an electronic full-text archive for subscribers and members of the Society.

Membership Benefits

Members of the Society receive the printed journal as part of their subscription. In addition, they receive free online access not only to full text of the current issues of the journal, but to the complete back run, from 1889 onwards. New members will receive login and password information directly from OUP. The OUP site enables searches of the complete text of the journal back to 1889 to be carried out.

Information on non-members' subscriptionsgo to external site for The Library can be obtained from:
Journals Marketing Department
Oxford University Press
Walton Street
Oxford OX2 6DP

For further contact information, please see the Oxford Journals website.


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