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Congress Budapest National Library 2016

ILAB Congresses - International flagship events for the rare book trade

The League organises two key meetings, held in alternate years; ILAB Congresses and ILAB Presidents' Meetings.
Budapest, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Vienna, Tokyo, Munich, New York, Madrid, Los Angeles, Montréal, Melbourne, Paris, Bologna... the international rare book trade meets at ILAB Congresses and International Antiquarian Book Fairs which are open to all antiquarian booksellers affiliated to the League. The congresses are organised by one of ILAB's national member associations and always a proud showcase of the country's cultural heritage.

Congresses have a long tradition, going back to the founding days of the League. They are and have always been cultural and social events that take booksellers around the world, invited to see treasures of book printing and history of the hosting country and offer a unique opportunity for networking.

After Bologna in 2010, Switzerland in 2012, Paris in 2014, Budapest in 2016, Los Angeles / Pasadena in 2018, booksellers will meet next in Oxford in 2022. A comprehensive congress programme awaits visitors combined with the usual warm welcome of all bookseller colleagues by the hosting national booksellers' association.

Oxford 2022

44th ILAB Congress Oxford 2022

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (UK) is inviting colleagues to the beautiful city of Oxford with its rich history in printing and publishing, its libraries and bookshops, private estates and book collections, academic culture and warm hospitality.

The congress is also a place for debate and will be supported by a one day ILAB Symposium at Oxford's Weston Library, recently reopened after extensive renovations and home of the Bodleian Library's Special Collections.

The 18th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, the world's leading and most distinguished prize in the field of bibliography will be awarded during the Congress in 2022.

Registrations for the 2022 Congress will open after September 2021. For any further information, please contact the ILAB Secretariat.

ILAB Presidents' Meetings (General Annual Meeting)

The presidents of the 22 national associations affiliated to the League meet once a year at the General Meeting, each year in a different country. The General Meeting (or Presidents' Meeting) is the supreme governing body of the League. The ILAB Committee meets once a year. Its task is to manage the affairs of the League and to put into practice the decisions taken at the General Meeting.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 and again the 2021 meeting was and will be held as a virtual meeting. Presidents of each national association report back to their membership after the ILAB Presidents' Meeting.