About this Journal

Library & Information History (formerly Library History) was established in 1967 under the aegis of the Library History Group of the Library Association, now the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals. It is the only British periodical devoted exclusively to the history of libraries and librarianship and to the burgeoning field of information history.

Throughout history, libraries have been the repositories of knowledge of all kinds. In recent times library history has been enhanced by the flourishing scholarly interest in provenance research and the history of reading. As we have entered the information age, these histories have broadened into a history of information, with historians reconsidering the fundamental concepts and manifestations of information in society.

Library & Information History is a fully-refereed journal publishing articles of a high academic standard from international authors on all subjects and all periods relating to the history of libraries and librarianship and to the history of information, in its broadest sense. Issues include substantial articles as well as book reviews, occasional surveys of recent publications, and guides to relevant sources.

Library & Information History is a journal for anyone interested in the social, cultural and intellectual history of libraries and of information. 

Editors and Editorial Board


Dr Jill Dye, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK

Professor Nadine Kozak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA


Book Reviews Editor

Dr Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell, University of Stirling, UK

Mhairi Rutherford, University of Edinburgh, UK

Editorial Board

Dr Karen Attar, Senate House Library, University of London, UK

Dr Sara Barker, University of Leeds, UK

Professor Alistair Black, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dr James W Cortada, IBM Institute for Business Value, USA

Dr John Crawford, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Mr Peter Hoare, Salisbury, UK

Julieanne Lamond, Australian National University, Australia

Dr Brendan Luyt, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr David McKitterick, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

Professor James Raven, Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK

Professor Peter Reid, Robert Gordon University, UK

Dr Laura Skouvig, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Mark Towsey, University of Liverpool, UK 

Dr Luke Treddinick, London Metropolitan University, UK

Dr Julian Warner, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Dr Toni Weller, De Montfort University, UK


CILIP is the UK library and information association, the only chartered body in the world dedicated to uniting, supporting and advocating for information professionals and librarians – the people who help the world make better decisions.

Membership is open to everyone working in libraries, information or knowledge management, data science and analytics or a related professional role.


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