Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, RBML) is the Association of College and Research Libraries' journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions.

As rare book and manuscript libraries have metamorphosed into special collections libraries, so too have special collections libraries changed into (or perhaps begun to acknowledge that they have always been) cultural heritage repositories. The opportunities for new professional conversations are proliferating. How we cope with emerging technologies, new economic models for collecting, the creation of strategic partnerships, and the ways in which people experience the "authentic" are themes that will be part of the conversations taking place within the pages of RBM.

Those writing for RBM may include special collections librarians, archivists, preservation officers and conservators, artists, museum professionals, collectors, dealers, filmmakers, performance artists, faculty, students, researchers, and anyone interested in and working to preserve cultural heritage.

RBM is published twice a year. It is an independent ACRL publication. It is not a membership journal and is sent to members of ACRL's Rare Books and Manuscripts Section only if they subscribe.


Open Access Policy

RBM is an open access journal. All contents are freely available immediately to the public without charge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of all contents. Authors retain their copyright and articles are published under a CC-BY-NC license.


Print Subscriptions

Print subscriptions to RBM are available through our offline order form for email and fax orders. Single issues of C&RLC&RL News, and RBM are also available.

C&RL became an open access, online-only publication in January 2014.

C&RL News became an online-only publication beginning with the January 2022 issue. 

Subscription Rates

C&RLC&RL became an open access, online-only publication in January 2014. No print subscriptions are available. Single issues - $15.

C&RL NewsC&RL News became an open access, online-only publication in January 2022. No print subscriptions are available. Single issues - $11.

RBM: 1-year subscription: $56-US.$62-Canada and other PUAS countries. $73-Other foreign countries. Single issues - $26.


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Allow 4-6 weeks for order processing.


Online Access

Online access to the full text of C&RLC&RL News, and RBM is provided free of charge.


RBM Alerts

RBM table of contents email alerts are available free of charge from ACRL. Sign up for Table of Contents Alerts and other ACRL newsletters through our email sign-up form.

RSS Alerts

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