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CABS-Minnesota and ILAB announce scholarship

ILAB and the CABS-Minnesota Antiquarian Book Seminar are pleased to offer a scholarship for booksellers in the first years in the trade.
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The scholarship will cover the full CABS-Minnesota tuition fee and on-campus accommodation, which includes breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday for the week of the seminar. It further includes a reimbursement of 75% of travel costs, capped at US$1500.

"ILAB and CABS-Minnesota are pleased once again to offer this scholarship opportunity. The book trade has always depended on international cooperation in an international marketplace. The ILAB motto 'Amor Librorum Nos Unit' embodies the collegiality and cooperation of the rare book trade. The faculty of CABS is happy to work with ILAB to help carry on that tradition. CABS Scholarship Committee

The annual CABS-Minnesota Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an important opportunity for booksellers, at an early point in their career, to learn from experienced booksellers who generously share their expertise and experience and a comprehensive survey of the rare book market. The seminar consists of several days of lectures, workshops and communication with guest speakers, carefully selected from the bookselling and library community by the CABS board.

Over its long history, the seminar has proven to be an invaluable educational platform from which over 3000 booksellers have enormously benefited from. Enrolment is limited to 50 students per year.

Who can apply and how?

Applicants must be in the first 5 years of a full-time bookselling career and reside outside the USA. Applicants shall submit a letter of motivation (no more than two pages) explaining how they would benefit from attending the seminar.

Key dates

Applications must be received by the ILAB Secretariat no later than 26 April 2024
The successful candidate will be chosen by the ILAB committee and will be informed after 10 May 2024
The 2024 seminar will take place from 14 - 20 July 2024.

CABS and ILAB are jointly offering this scholarship, a unique and exciting opportunity for antiquarian booksellers in the early stages of their career and resident outside of the USA, to develop the international side of their business. The insights and knowledge offered by some of the best minds in the American antiquarian bookselling and library community is the core of the CABS experience. ILAB is indebted to CABS for this opportunity.


Angelika Elstner, ILAB Secretariat:
Garrett Scott , CABS Faculty:

ABOUT CABS-MINNESOTA & Antiquarian Book School Foundation (ABSF)

The Antiquarian Book School Foundation (ABSF) is an independent, non-profit, and tax-exempt educational institution focused on promoting, maintaining, and expanding the standards of the antiquarian book trade. CABS-Minnesota, which is administered by the ABSF, is an annual week-long intensive seminar for booksellers, prospective booksellers, and others with an interest in the antiquarian and second-hand book market.

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The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is a global network for the rare book trade.
ILAB, whose official languages are English and French, is a non-profit organization, with its legal location in London. ILAB represents twenty-two national rare booksellers’ associations representing 38 countries and over 1,600 individual affiliates.
It strives to uphold and improve professional standards in the trade, to promote honorable conduct in business, and to contribute in various ways to a broader appreciation of the history and art of the book.

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Reports from past scholarship winners: