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Rare Books Group (RBG)




About the Rare Books Group

The Rare Books Group caters for staff working with early printed books, and historic/special collections. Its membership is drawn from all types of libraries and information centres throughout Ireland.


The group is mainly concerned with the care, preservation and management of early printed books and historic/special collections. It cultivates an awareness of the importance of our valuable cultural and heritage collections. The group organises a full-day annual seminar every November, with a programme of papers on a particular theme. In recent years these themes have encompassed the history of the Irish book trade, conservation, binding, and the digitisation of special collections. The group also holds annual workshops, and organises visits to libraries and other places of interest, including a full-day outing in early summer. We frequently hold our events in collaboration with other LAI groups/sections, and with colleagues in related professions both from Ireland and further afield. If you want to see what we've been doing in recent years, check the 'Past' events links in the sidebar.


The RBG is active online and in social media. You'll find us on Facebook, on Twitter @LaiRBG, and our RBG Blog.


The committee of the RBG comprises representatives from libraries in a wide range of cultural, educational, public and specialist institutions around the country. The details of the current committee and its officers are set out below. Comprehensive lists of current and past representatives and officers are listed under the 'RBG history and membership' link.


Officers and committee (2018)

Chair: David Meehan (Dublin City University)

Secretary: Nicola O'Shea (National Gallery of Ireland)

Treasurer: Alexandra Caccamo (Botanic Gardens Library)


Committee members:

Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library) Marie Boran (NUI Galway)
Stephanie Breen (Trinity College, Dublin) Sophie Evans (Royal Irish Academy)
Evelyn Flanagan (University College Dublin) Elaine Harrington (University College Cork)
Barbara McCormack (Maynooth University) Maria O'Shea (Marsh’s Library, Dublin)
Máire Ní Chonalláin (National Library of Ireland) Celine Ward (Chester Beatty Library)
Harriet Wheelock (Royal College of Physicians in Ireland)