It is perhaps not well-known that the Institute of Historical Research runs a huge range of seminars, talks and lectures, and that these are usually free and open to all, not just to students.
The seminars take place at Senate House, and advance booking is not usually required. Among these series, (for full details of which see http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars), there is this term a regular one on the History of Libraries, convened by Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library), Dr Keith A. Manley (The National Trust), Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies), Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary). The monthly seminars are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.
The first seminar in this series is on Tuesday 7 May, and is given by Geoffrey Little (Concordia University Libraries). It is titled 'Infinitely More Dangerous than the Most Malignant Smallpox': the History of Public Libraries in Quebec in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Subsequent events include a lecture on Catholic Books in Protestant Libraries, and a library walk, beginning at the Foyle Special Collections Library, Kings College. For further details see http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/257.