The Private Libraries Association

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The Private LibraryThe Private Libraries Association (PLA) is an international society of book collectors - collectors of rare & fine books, single authors, special subjects and collectors of books for the simple pleasure of reading and ownership. Meetings are held to hear lectures on cognate subjects as well as book sales and visits to museums and famous libraries. The PLA is a registered charity and is also an organization in liaison with CILIP*. If you use Facebook, join our group (PLA) where you can converse with other book collectors and post your own queries.

The Association's quarterly journal, The Private Library, includes well illustrated, substantial essays. Concentrating on books that can be collected today, it has published essays on members' libraries, specialized collections, the work of private presses, illustrators and reviews of new books and notes on recent private press books.

Also issued quarterly are the Newsletter and Exchange List, the latter includes details of books that members are willing to give to others and books they wish to sell or obtain. To assist correspondence within the Association, the Members' Handbook is issued, listing addresses and collecting interests. A series of illustrated books and pamphlets on specialized aspects of bibliophilia are issued from time to time. Apart from a book issued free to members every year or so, certain books are published on a subscription basis and are offered to members at substantially reduced prices. Details are on our Books page. [ * Formerly the Library Association]
This website was last updated on 22nd October 2013.*********************************

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