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ABA Library

The ABA Library commemorated its fiftieth anniversary by making the catalogue accessible online. Download a searchable catalogue file here.

Arrangement is by author (or editor) throughout except in the case of catalogues of libraries or other collections which are normally listed under owners.

The Library is accommodated at Peter Harrington, London, currently awaiting a permanent new home.


It may be visited, viewed and consulted strictly by prior arrangement. The Honorary Librarian will attempt to answer any bibliographical queries from members, all ILAB booksellers and the public as soon as possible.

The library owes its origin to the generosity of Arthur Swann of New York who was elected to membership of the ABA in 1909 and became an Honorary Life Member in 1951. Subsequent gifts by other members in their capacity of author, compiler or publisher have done much to build it up, the most recent donation being a large section of the reference library of Paul Minet. The collection also continues to expand with purchases of new books, the most recent being of the entries for the competition for the 14th and 15th ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography and remaining volumes from the 13th competition.