• A brief history

    Founded in 1950 by a group of young bibliophiles headed by John Granger, Bent Juel-Jensen, and R. John Rickett, the first meeting of the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles was held in Hilary Term, 1951.

    For fifty years, the Society held regular lectures, visits and other events during the University terms, and many of the leading bibliographers, librarians, collectors, booksellers and other literary figures of the period spoke to the Society or hosted visits. Many of the Society's Junior Members became prominent figures in the world of books, and some served as Senior Members of the Society.
    After an extended hiatus in the early 2000s, the Society was refounded in Trinity Term, 2008, by a new generation of Oxford students led by Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Enrico Emanuele Prodi, and Matthew Cheung Salisbury, and aided by Cristina Dondi, Richard Ovenden, and a few surviving members of the former Society (notably Colin Franklin and Paul W. Nash). Many are still active Members of the Society.
    Today, the Society meets weekly in various venues around Oxford (or further afield) for visits to libraries, talks on manuscripts, or discussions on the preservation and collection of books, among much else. Please find our current term card below.
  • Term card | Michaelmas term, 2021

    1st Week

    Wednesday 13 October, 5:30 p.m.

    Welcome drinks

    Ertegun House, 37a St Giles


    2nd Week

    Thursday 21 October, 2 p.m.

    Visit to the Oxford Union Society Library with Tom Corrick, Librarian-in-Charge


    3rd Week

    Thursday 28 October, 5:30 p.m.

    Designer Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2022

    with Stuart Brockman and Madeline Slaven

    Attendees will judge the 'Student's Choice' Award.

    Weston Library


    4th Week

    Monday 1 November, 5:30 p.m.

    Paul W. Nash on collecting books

    Ertegun House, 37a St Giles


    5th Week

    Friday 12 November, 5:30 p.m.

    Visit to the private collection of Nigel Hamway


    6th Week

    Wednesday 17 November, 7 p.m.

    Virtual visit to the Elizabethan Club of Yale with Basie Gitlin, Librarian


    7th Week

    Tuesday 22 November, 5 p.m.

    Virtual visit to the Grolier Club of New York with Meghan Constantinou, Librarian


    8th Week

    Thursday 2 December, 5:45 p.m.

    Warden’s Meeting, as guests of Henry Woudhuysen

    Rector’s Lodgings, Lincoln College




  • Junior Committee | Michaelmas Term, 2021



    Pat Snidvongs (Worcester College)




    Eric Sheng (Corpus Christi College)



    Jacob Ridley (University College)
  • Senior Committee

    The Senior Committee oversees the work of the Junior Committee.

    Honorary President

    Henry Woudhuysen FBA, Rector, Lincoln College

    Honorary Vice-President

    Paul W. Nash, Bodleian Libraries

    Senior Committee

    Geri Della Rocca de Candal, Lincoln College

    Cristina Dondi, Lincoln College

    Giles Mandelbrote, Lambeth Palace Library

    Scott Mandelbrote, Peterhouse, Cambridge

    Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian

    William Poole, New College

    Julia Walworth, Merton College

  • Membership & Contact Details

    Join the Bibliophiles today: Junior Membership for current members of Oxford University is £5/term, £10/year, and £25 for three years, or the length of your degree. Membership is also open to Senior Members with a strong interest in books at £10/term, £20/year and £50 for three years. Simply come to our next event, or get in touch using the email address below.
    We would love to hear from you! Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions about the Society and its events.

    Please send us an email, or come to any event