The 2018 Annual Conference

Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd June 2018

library of innerpeffray & the leighton library

Past, Present, Future: the People in Independent Libraries

Inside the Library of Innerpeffray, by Crieff

Inside the Library of Innerpeffray, by Crieff

The Independent Libraries Association’s annual conference continues the aim of bringing together those working in and around the independent library sector. 2017’s conference followed the theme of ‘collections’, the core of any library; but what are texts without their readers? In 2018 the conference will focus on people. The membership of independent libraries is growing healthily, but individual institutions often battle against perceptions of exclusivity and anonymity.

People who use independent collections, as well as the people who make the collections accessible are all welcomed under this year’s theme. Papers on library founders, readers, members, subscribers, librarians, archivists, interns, volunteers, trustees, benefactors, partner institutions and/or the general public will all be considered.

We are delighted to be holding the 2018 conference in Scotland, with joint hosts the Library of Innerpeffray, by Crieff, and the Leighton Library, Dunblane. The Associations’ intention is to foster networking between all those who work in or around libraries, archives, and special collections.

We welcome 20-minute papers in any of the following areas, though proposals from anyone in the independent library movement are welcome:

-          Famous Founders and/or well-known readers;

-          Increasing reader numbers and serving the community;

-          Borrower records and histories;

-          Volunteers and their contributions;

-          Crowd-sourced projects with students and the general public;

-          Online communities and open-access projects;

-          Architectural design to promote access;

-          Free at the point of use? Membership and subscription schemes;

-          Make do and mend: staffing an independent library.

call for papers





150-200 word proposals to jill dye and louisa yates via


The 2017 Annual Conference

Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire

Chawton House Library, Chawton, Hampshire


keynote speaker


the 28th annual conference

We are delighted to announce the 28th Annual Conference, held at one of our newest member libraries, Chawton House Library in Alton, Hampshire. This is the second to be held in the new conference format, after the successful launch in 2016 at Bromley House Library, Nottingham. We have more than doubled the number of speakers and we look forward to welcoming delegates from across the UK and the world.

The programme allows delegates to hear from some of the world's most unique library and archive collections, while also allowing delegates the chance to explore one of the UK's finest independent libraries, Chawton House Library. All are welcome - librarians, archivists, researchers, academics, as well as the general public who might like to learn more about one of the UK's key cultural industries. The ILA conference is a weekend of learning, networking, discussion and #librarychat. The ILA's AGM is held during the weekend, so all member libraries and independent members will have a chance to have their say. Please use the links below to explore our programme, and direct any enquiries to

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Full conference rate: £75
Day rate (Saturday only): £45

booking options

Register Online Here

Prefer to book via telephone? Contact Chawton House Library on 01420 541 010. Please download and complete a Registration Form (Word), and return it to Chawton House Library (you can also find a Registration Form at the end of the Programme, above). All details are given on the form itself, as well as a variety of payment options: