What is the Rare Book School?

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July 15, 2017 by jillclever

Rare Book School (RBS) is a non-profit and tax-exempt educational institution dedicated to the study of the history of books, as well as, printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983, it is based at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Throughout the year RBS offers about 30 five-day, non-credit courses on various topics related to old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. While most courses take place in Charlottesville, some are also offered in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Bloomington, New Haven, and Washington, DC.

Some courses are broadly directed toward antiquarian booksellers, book collectors, bookbinders, conservators, teachers, and professional and avocational students of the history of books and printing. Others are primarily intended for archivists and for research and rare book librarians and curators. There are also Certificates of Proficiency that one can pursue in various areas.

The RBS courses are limited to a small number of students and you must apply to attend a course. The courses are given over an intense week of study and the students must commit to the entire week of study.  Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. The process of applying for a spot is highly competitive. Check the course schedule page or the session announcements for application deadlines.

If you have further questions please see http://rarebookschool.org/


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