Now Accepting Applications for Rare Book School, Summer 2020!

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this summer. There are still some seats available!

Among our thirty-eight courses, we are pleased to offer several pertinent to those involved in the study of rare books, manuscripts, special collections, and librarianship in special collections. The following is a sample of the breadth of the RBS offerings:

– B-75: American Publishers’ Bindings, 1800–1900, taught by Todd Pattison (Conservator for the New England Historic Genealogical Society)
– H-105: The Bible and Histories of Reading, taught by Peter Stallybrass (of the University of Pennsylvania)
– H-140: The History & Culture of the Tibetan Book, taught by Benjamin J. Nourse (of the University of Denver)

Applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at for course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations by past students. Contact us at with questions.

We at RBS hope that the School will be open for classes as usual this summer, with courses running in Charlottesville and at our partner institutions as planned. We are, of course, monitoring the news regarding the COVID-19 virus and understand that authorities cannot yet predict how far the disease will spread and to what extent, or for how long, normal activities may be interrupted. If you are admitted to a course, please know that we are offering a full refund (including the normally non-refundable deposit) in the event that you are unable or unwilling to attend due to the virus. If you would like to see more details regarding this plan, please visit

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We hope to see you at Rare Book School soon!

With kindest regards,
The RBS Programs Team

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