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Book Clubs & Societies
The Alcuin Society launched in 1965 with the goal of promoting a wider appreciation of beautifully produced books. Promoting interest in the book arts—writing, publishing, book design and production, book trade, book collecting, printing, binding, typography, papermaking, calligraphy, and illustration. All interested people are welcome to participate and join.
Address: PO Box 3216, Stn. Terminal, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3X8, Canada
The Aldus Society is open to all individuals who appreciate the many facets of text and image through various media, but principally the book, past, present and future. Aldus provides educational and entertaining programming for its membership, be it the history of printing and publishing, book illustration, book design, bindings, papermaking, typography, calligraphy, book collecting, or libraries.
Address: PO Box 1150, Worthington, OH 43085-1150
American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS) is a non-profit group that encourages the collection, preservation, study, and exhibition of original historical American prints that are 100 or more years old. All collectors—novice and expert, amateur and professional—are welcome. Annual meeting.
Address: 150 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016
American Printing History Association (APHA) is an international membership organization that encourages the study of the history of printing and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing. The parent organization is supported by regional chapters that sponsor active programs of lectures, field trips, and other opportunities to meet fellow APHA members on an informal basis.
Address: PO Box 4519, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163
American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) was organized in 1922 to further the study and collecting of bookplates. Today, its membership includes more than 150 individuals and fifty institutions. ASBC&D encourages everyone with an interest in bookplates to join and participate.
Address: P.O. Box 14964, Tucson, AZ 85732-4964
The Ampersand Club fosters appreciation for the historic and artistic importance of the printed book, and for the arts essential to book production, such as typography, fine printing, binding, papermaking, and book design. Any individual who supports the purposes of Ampersand is eligible for membership. Meetings held more or less monthly September to May.
Address: c/o Campbell-Logan Bindery, 7615 Baker St. NE, Fridley, MN 55432
The Baltimore Bibliophiles form Baltimore’s premier meeting point for book enthusiasts. With formal meetings five times a year, the group is a forum for invited speakers on the finer points of book appreciation, particularly collecting and the book arts.
Contact: Binnie Syril Braunstein
The Baxter Society is the bibliophilic club of Portland, Maine. The purpose of the Baxter Society is to bring together all people interested in the book arts, in either the collection or the creation of books. Visitors are welcome to the monthly meeting, held at 7:00pm the second Wednesday of each month from September through May, in the USM Glickman Library, 4th floor, 314 Forest Lane, Portland, ME 04101.
The Bibliographical Society is the senior learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history. Membership is open to all who by profession or private interest are concerned with bibliography.
Address: The Honorary Secretary, The Bibliographical Society, c/o Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU, UK
The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) is the oldest scholarly society in North America dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects. It was organized in 1904 and incorporated in 1927 with the principal objectives of promoting bibliographical research and issuing bibliographical publications. These objectives have been and continue to be accomplished through a broad array of activities, including meetings, lectures, and fellowship programs, as well as the publishing of books and the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA). The Society is open to all those interested in bibliographical problems and projects.
Contact: Erin McGuirl, Executive Director
Address: 67 West Street, Suite 401, Unit C17, Brooklyn New York, NY 11222
The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ) is an enthusiastic organization with members united by a common scholarly interest in physical and textual bibliography and the history of the written word. New members encouraged. Annual conference. Publishes quarterly journal, Script & Print.
Address: 61 Annie Street Auchenflower Queensland 4066, Australia
The Bibliographical Society of Canada/La Société bibliographique du Canada is a bilingual (English/French) organization that has as its goal the scholarly study of the history, description, and transmission of texts in all media and formats, with a primary emphasis on Canada.
Address: 360 Bloor Street W., PO Box 19035 Walmer, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3C9, Canada
The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia was founded in 1947 at the University in Charlottesville in order to promote interest in books and manuscripts, maps, printing, graphic arts, and bibliography and textual criticism. Within a few years these interests had resulted in exhibitions, contests for student book collectors and Virginia printers, the establishment of a small press, an international speakers series, and an active publications program. Membership is open to both individuals and institutions with an interest in the goals and objectives of the society.
Address: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 2014 Hessian Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Bixby Club promotes the study and preservation of books and manuscripts by all those associated with the love and appreciation of books and how they are made.
Address: John Neal Hoover, University of Missouri, Jefferson Memorial Library, St. Louis Mercantile Library, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121
The Bolton Society: An Organization of Chemical Bibliophiles. Named for Henry Carrington Bolton, the Bolton Society encourages and promotes the individual love for and collection of all types of printed material devoted to chemistry and related sciences. It also supports and encourages the Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History as a primary repository for such material. Membership is open to any person who supports the objectives of the society.
Address: Ronald Brashear, Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702
The Book Club of California is a non-profit organization of book lovers and collectors who have a special interest in Pacific Coast history, literature, and fine printing. Its chief aims are to further the interests of book collectors and scholars and to promote an understanding and appreciation of fine books. Our membership is made up of a diverse and vital community united by a love of fine books and the marriage of content and craft..
Address: 312 Sutter St., Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94108-4377
The Book Club of Detroit is a non-profit association of Detroit-area bibliophiles who assemble periodically to share a mutual interest in books, manuscripts, and prints, specifically those aspects concerned with collecting, bibliography, design, production, conservation, and preparation. We meet several times per year to enjoy a variety of programs featuring authors, book collecting experts, and special guests.
The Book Club of Texas is open to anyone with an interest in book collecting, the book arts, and Texas history and literature. Activities include a publication program and occasional meetings and lectures.
Address: The Book Club of Texas, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
The Book Club of Washington is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and appreciating fine books. Members include librarians, dealers, collectors, and book lovers of all kinds . The club hosts regular lectures, tours of private and institutional special collections, lectures on book-related topics, presentations by book artists, and social gatherings.
Address: PO Box 12314, Seattle, WA 98111
The Book Hunters Club of Houston provides a social structure for book collectors, used and rare booksellers, special collections librarians, and others interested in book collecting and antiquarian books to meet regularly. The objective is to promote the collection, study, and appreciation of books and works on paper. Activities include regular meetings, guest speakers, field trips, and publications related to the objectives of the club.
Contact: Kurt Zimmerman, President.
British Cartographic Society (BCS) is a dynamic association of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring and developing the world of maps. Membership includes a range of excellent benefits, including subscriptions to leading cartographic publications and special discounts, and an invitation to the annual symposium.
The Cambridge Bibliographical Society was founded in 1949 for the promotion and publication of bibliographical studies. The Society holds regular meetings at Cambridge University Library and also arranges an annual visit. Membership is open to all those interested in bibliography, and members receive the publications as part of their annual subscription.
Address: Cambridge Bibliographical Society, University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR, UK
The Caxton Club was founded in 1895 by fifteen Chicago bibliophiles who desired to support the publication of fine books in the spirit of the prevailing Arts and Crafts Movement. They named the new organization the Caxton Club in honor of the first English printer, William Caxton. The Caxton Club offers Resident, Nonresident, and Junior categories of membership. Nonresident members are those living 50 miles or more from the city of Chicago. Those applying for Resident membership must attend two meetings in order to be considered for membership. Nonresident applicants need to attend only one meeting.
Address: The Caxton Club, 211 South Clark Street, PO Box 2329, Chicago, IL 60604-9997
The College Book Art Association (CBAA) supports and promotes academic book arts education by fostering the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism. Membership in the association is open to all persons interested in book arts education and the furtherance of these arts. Biennial Conference and National Meeting held.
Address: c/o Lisa Beth Robinson, CBAA Secretary, 834 Hwy 12 W #205, Starkville, MS 39759
The Colophon Club, founded in 1979, is based in Berkeley, California. Members meet for cocktails, dinner, and lectures on the second Tuesday of the month September through May.
The Delaware Bibliophiles was founded in 1977 by Robert D. Fleck of Oak Knoll Books.
Address: Thomas E. Doherty, 2422 Brookshire Drive, Wilmington, DE 19803-4512
The Early Book Society was founded as an independent entity in 1987 and formed to bring together all those who are interested in any aspect of the study of manuscripts and early printed books. Biennial conference.
Contact: Martha Rust
The Edinburgh Bibliographical Society promotes the study of bibliography, the book trade, the history of scholarship and libraries, and book collecting, particularly as they relate to Scottish interests.
Address: 102A Findhorn Place, Edinburgh EH9 2NZ, Scotland, UK
The Ephemera Society of America cultivates and encourages interest in ephemera and the history identified with it. The goal is to further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest; to promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials; and to serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars.
Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) is an organization of individuals interested in the art of fine printing, formed with the goal of promoting the appreciation of beautiful books and printing skills. Parenthesis is the Association’s journal and deals broadly in fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing, and related areas. Illustrated in full color, it is published twice a year and is available free to members.
Florida Bibliophile Society (FBS) is a congenial organization of book lovers, collectors, readers, buyers, and sellers that provides an opportunity for members to expand their knowledge of books and book collecting through an exchange of information and by exposure to experts in all areas of the book arts. Meets at 1:30pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month from September to May, usually between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Contact: Gary Simons
The Grolier Club was founded “to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce. It shall pursue this mission through the maintenance of a library devoted to all aspects of the book and graphic arts and especially bibliography; through the occasional publication of books designed to illustrate, promote and encourage the book and graphic arts; through exhibitions and educational programs for its members and the general public.” Membership is by nomination, and recommendations for membership are made on the basis of a candidate’s passion for books, as demonstrated by his or her outstanding activity as a collector, scholar, librarian, printer, or participation in some other bookish pursuit.
Address: 47 East 60th St., New York, NY 10022
The Himes & Duniway Society of Oregon was founded in 2010 to sponsor lectures and other events on bookish topics for bibliophiles and manuscript collectors in the Pacific Northwest.
Address: P.O. Box 40044, Portland, OR 97240
International Bond & Share Society is the world’s biggest association of people interested in scripophily—collecting old stock, bond, and share certificates.
Contact: Robin Majlak, Membership Secretary
The International Map Collectors’ Society caters to anybody with an interest in maps and charts; to talk, learn and share knowledge about maps.
The Iowa Bibliophiles is for anyone with a serious interest in books, their creation, preservation, and collecting, from buyers, sellers, librarians, book designers, publishers, and bookbinders to anyone who loves and accumulates books for a reason. Its objective is to provide a forum in which to share and gather experience and information about books and book collecting.
Address: Special Collections & University Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, 100 Main Library, IA City, IA 52242-1420
The John Russell Bartlett Society is a group of Rhode Island book collectors, book crafts-people, and book readers who meet periodically for the purpose of engaging in good talk about books as objects. The Society’s interests extend to the entire history of books in every country and period. The membership includes librarians, crafts-people, students, faculty, designers, printers, collectors, and bibliophiles in general, all of whom enjoy informal lectures and stimulating discussion concerning the arts of the book.
The Manuscript Society is the oldest society of autograph and manuscript collectors in the United States today and has become an international organization. While collectors formed the heart of the organization in 1948, its membership today includes archivists, manuscript curators, librarians, and prominent manuscript dealers and auction houses. The Manuscript Society welcomes new members. Annual meetings.
Address: P.O. Box 13349, Overland Park, KS 66282
The Miniature Book Society (MBS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 in the United States which now enjoys a worldwide membership. The MBS is interested in promoting all aspects of the book arts with special affection for the small format. Membership in the Miniature Book Society, Inc. is open to all who have an interest in miniature books, with an annual three-day Conclave every year, hosted in a different city.
The Movable Book Society was organized in 1993 to provide a forum for collectors, artists, curators, booksellers, book producers, and others to share enthusiasm and exchange information about pop-up and movable books. Membership is open to anyone with similar interests.
Contact: Shawn Sheehy, Director
Address: PO Box 477689, Chicago, IL 60647
The No. 44 Society was established as a club for acquisitive book lovers who have a book collection or would like to begin one. The club, which meets at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, attracts a lively mixture of students, faculty members, and local and regional collectors. Members offer advice to beginning collectors, share tips and tidbits about dealers and collectors, and regale one another with tales of the chase.
Address: The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Library 346, MC-522, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801
Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (NOBS) is devoted to the recognition, dissemination, and preservation of fine and antiquarian books and paper. The organization holds two annual book fairs—in Akron, Ohio in the spring and in Cleveland in the fall—meets for monthly NOBS Forums (presentations on various book and book-collecting topics), hosts an annual meeting with dinner and a speaker, and publishes a quarterly newsletter with articles of interest to members.
Address: 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120
The Ottawa Book Collectors was founded in 1980. The OBC is a forum in which book lovers come together to share their enthusiasm for book-related matters. The club’s activities principally take the form of monthly meetings that feature presentations by members and invited guests. Tours to exhibitions, special collections and biblio-related purlieus occasionally leaven the schedule. The OBC is open to all.
Address: The Ottawa Book Collectors, Box 12, RR 3, Woodlawn, Ontario, K0A 3M0 Canada
The Oxford Bibliographical Society was founded in 1922 to encourage bibliographical research. Membership is available, on application, to all those interested in manuscripts, printed books, and the arts and trades connected with them.
Address: Oxford Bibliographical Society, Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK
Penguin Collectors Society was founded in 1973 by a small group of enthusiasts; today there are over 500 members worldwide. PCS studies twentieth-century book design, particularly Penguin Books, and helps to preserve and conserve Penguin Books and material relating to Penguin, and ensures the ready availability of that material for present and future research. Any enthusiast for good book design, typography, illustration, and writing will find something of interest here. Annual meeting.
The Philobiblon Club has been Philadelphia’s club for book collectors (whether personal or institutional), booksellers, and anyone who loves books for more than 125 years. Members meet at the Franklin Inn Club for dinner and a book-related talk, normally on the second Tuesday of the month, from October to April.
Printing Historical Society has individual and institutional members worldwide. The Society fosters interest in the history of printing and encourages both the study and the preservation of printing machinery, records, and equipment of historical value. The Printing Historical Society welcomes new members.
Address: The Hon. Secretary, The Printing Historical Society, St Bride Library, St Bride Institute, Bride Lane, Fleet St., London EC4Y 8EE, UK
The Rowfant Club maintains a library with an emphasis on papermaking, printing, and book production. Lectures are a regular part of the club’s programs, generally bookish or cultural, in keeping with the interests of the club.
Address: 3028 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
The Roxburghe Club of San Francisco was formed in 1928 and was named in honor of the original Roxburghe Club of England. The purpose of the club was to further the love of fine printing and books in general.
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) was created in 1991 to provide a global network for book historians. SHARP now has over one thousand members, including professors of literature, historians, librarians, publishing professionals, sociologists, bibliophiles, classicists, booksellers, art historians, reading instructors, and independent scholars. Annual international conference.
The Ticknor Society is an organization of book collectors, booksellers, librarians, historians, archivists, conservators, printers, publishers, writers, and all lovers and readers of books. We are dedicated to the enjoyment, promotion, and support of books and book culture. Membership in the Ticknor Society is open to anyone who appreciates books.
Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies (WAGPCS) aims to provide a regular, monthly forum for those interested in book history and print culture studies and welcomes the participation of everyone interested in print culture (of any period or place). Meets at the Rosenwald Room, 2nd Floor (LJ 205), Jefferson Bldg., Library of Congress, 10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540.
Washington Map Society is dedicated to map collecting and the history, science, and art of cartography. The society’s membership of four hundred includes collectors with scholarly knowledge gained through years of study, individuals who enjoy buying/selling maps, and many members who simply love to learn about or collect maps. Membership is open to anyone who shares these common interests.
Washington Rare Book Group (WashRBG) members learn more about the institutions and people who are involved in rare books in the metropolitan area. WashRBG covers some fascinating subjects in the world of books and most heartily welcomes newcomers.
Address: c/o Treasurer, Jackie Coleburn, Washington Rare Book Group, PO Box 1387, Washington, DC 20013
The William Morris Society aims to make the life and work of Morris and his associates better known. Its programs—which involve branches in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States—include lectures, educational activities, conferences, tours, museum visits, and social gatherings.
Address (US): PO Box 53263, Washington, DC 20009
Address (Canada): 87 Government Road, Toronto, Ontario M8X 1W4, Canada
Address (UK): WMS, Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA, UK
Tel: +44(0) 208-741-3735
York Bibliographical Society combines information and scholarship with entertainment and sociability. Authors and illustrators, designers and publishers, booksellers and collectors feature in programs of five winter lectures supplemented by summer visits to memorable libraries. All who have an interest in books are welcome to join this active group of book lovers. Meetings other than the New Year Supper will take place in the Lecture Room of the York Medical Society at 23 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW. The Society combines information and scholarship with entertainment and sociability.
The Zamorano Club is Southern California’s oldest organization of bibliophiles and manuscript collectors. Founded in 1928, it sponsors lectures and publications on bookish topics.
Contact: Margaret A. Dickerson, Club Business Secretary
Address: PO Box 465, Pasadena, CA 91102
The Athenæum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, California, is a non-profit membership library serving the San Diego area. It is open to the public; members can check out materials. The collection is focused on music and art, with a significant collection of artists’ books. A host of exhibitions, concerts, and lectures occur throughout the year.
Address: 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, CA 92037
The Athenæum of Philadelphia is an independent, member-supported library and museum that encourages members, scholars, and the general public to engage with the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia. Its National Historic Landmark building houses an extensive collection of books and manuscripts and holds lectures, classes, exhibits, and special events.
Address: 219 S. 6th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3794
The Boston Athenæum is a membership library, museum, and venue for intellectual exchange. With reading rooms, quiet spaces, a children’s library, electronic databases and digital collections, a large circulating collection, special collections, social events, a conservation department, and an art department that mounts three exhibitions per year, the Boston Athenæum is a cultural treasure in Boston.
Address: 10-1/2 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
Center for Fiction is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the art of fiction. Reading groups, workshops, and literary events fill its calendar, and members have borrowing privileges for a circulating collection of over 85,000 classic and contemporary fiction and fiction-related titles. Plus: a cafe & a bookstore open to non-members.
Address: 15 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Charleston Library Society of Charleston, SC, is a tourist attraction, a center for scholarly research, and a modern lending library for members. Founded in 1748, it is also the oldest library in the South. It offers literary and arts programming, borrowing privileges, a children’s library, and, since 2011, its very own bindery and archival lab.
Address: 164 King St., Charleston, SC 29401
Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, founded in 2015, is an independent library and cultural center in the heart of Seattle. Members can browse through open stacks, borrow books, utilize library services, reserve writing spaces, participate in an array of discussion groups, literary seminars, and social gatherings, and enjoy early access to a full calendar of events: lectures, debates, symposia, and concerts.
Address: 93 Pike Street #307, Seattle WA 98101
General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York was founded in 1785 by the skilled craftsmen of the city. Today it continues to support art, craft, and culture through its library, museum, and educational programs, including tuition-free Mechanics Institute, The General Society Library, and a century-old lecture series.
Address: 20 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036
The Institute Library of New Haven, is Connecticut’s oldest independent circulating library and provides its members with quiet reading areas and a large collection of up-to-date literature. Visitors are welcome to community programs, art exhibitions, and events.
Address: 847 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510
The Lanier Library Association of Tryon, North Carolina, holds 23,000 books, periodicals, and other media, as well as special regional collections. Book groups and literary events take place regularly. Membership is open to the public and entitles members to the use of all services and facilities of the library.
Address: 72 Chestnut St., Tryon, NC 28782
Mechanics’ Hall, formerly the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, was founded in 1815 as a craftsman’s guild to teach and promote excellence among Portland’s mechanical and artistic trades. Today, its members have the use of the historic library and may attend its literary and cultural events.
Address: 519 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101
Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room of San Francisco is a member-supported general-interest circulating and research library. It also boasts the oldest chess club in the United States and an active program of literary and cultural events.
Address: 57 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94104
The Mercantile Library of Cincinnati is a membership library that seeks to maintain and expand its historic collection of 80,000 books and its schedule of literary, artistic, and musical events each year. The Library is also home to a collection of artworks including portrait busts, paintings, and the sketchbooks of the Cincinnati-trained artist Elizabeth Nourse.
Address: 414 Walnut St., 11th Story, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The New York Map Society is a non-profit corporation offering educational, academic, and research programs for anyone interested in maps--from antique maps to GIS (geographic information system)-based data maps. Members include scholars, librarians, collectors, preservationists, artists, and mapmakers. Meetings usually feature a guest speaker and typically are held at the World School, 11 East 26th Street, New York, NY.
The New York Society Library is Manhattan’s oldest library. Open to all for reading, reference, exhibitions, and some events, the library supports a community of subscribers with a large circulating collection, reading and writing rooms, and open stacks. The landmark building houses about 300,000 volumes, particularly strong in fiction and literature, biography, history, social sciences, the arts, travel, and books about New York City.
Address: 53 East 79th St., New York, NY 10075
The Portsmouth Athenæum of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a non-profit membership library and museum, incorporated in 1817. The Athenæum maintains a library of more than 40,000 volumes and an archive of manuscripts, photographs, objects, and ephemera relating to local history. It also sponsors exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and other educational and cultural programs.
Address: 6-9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801
The Providence Athenæum of Providence, Rhode Island, has been a library and cultural center supported by its members since 1836. Member benefits include borrowing privileges, special library access, and exclusive communications, as well as free/discounted admission to year-round literary and cultural events, and children’s library services.
Address: 251 Benefit St., Providence, RI 02903
The Redwood Library & Athenæum is located in Newport, Rhode Island. Founded in 1747, the Redwood Library & Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country. It offers lectures, exhibitions, fine arts displays, and other educational activities, as well as a collection of more than 200,000 volumes to its subscribers.
Address: 50 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI 02840
The Salem Athenæum is both a historic and a modern library—dedicated to lending books and offering cultural and educational programs to its members, as well as preserving its historic collections, buildings, and grounds. The Athenæum has more than 50,000 volumes collected over the past two hundred years.
Address: 337 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970
The St. Johnsbury Athenæum, a National Historic Landmark in Vermont, is a private, non-profit public library and art gallery. St. Johnsbury residents are eligible for a free library card, while non-residents can purchase a one-year library card. A ‘Friends’ group functions as the volunteer and fundraising support.
Address: 1171 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
The St. Louis Mercantile Library opened in 1846, is part library and part museum. Affiliated with the University of Missouri, it relies on member support to preserve and expand its collections, with a strength in Western Expansion, the St. Louis region, and American rail/river transportation experiences.
Address: University of Missouri, 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121-4400
Classes & Seminars
The American Academy of Bookbinding is an internationally known, degree-oriented bookbinding and book conservation school that offers book enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to initiate and improve their skills in a generous and supportive learning environment. The AAB conducts intensive courses in fine binding, conservation, and related subjects. A complete brochure and catalog is available online.
Address: PO Box 1590, 117 North Willow, Telluride, CO 81435
American Antiquarian Society’s Center for Historic American Visual Culture Summer Seminar is a short-term, intensive training in methodologies and concepts devoted to book history and print culture. The 2022 Summer Seminar, to be held June 26-July 1, 2022, is called “On Stage: Spectacle in Nineteenth-Century America.”
Address: Nan Wolverton, Director of CHAViC, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609-1634
Antiquarian Book Seminars, aka CABS-Minnesota, has relocated to St. Olaf College in Minnesota! Now in its forty-fifth year, the Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians, and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the rare book market, both antiquarian and modern. The 2022 Antiquarian Book Seminar will be held July 10-15. Scholarships available.
Address: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN 55057
Tel: (719) 473-6634
Jaffe Center for Book Arts offers numerous workshops and classes in book arts topics throughout the year. These are open to all who are interested in learning the art and craft of the handmade book.
Address: Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Book Arts at The Wishcamper Center. The Wishcamper Center in Portland, Maine, will be the setting for a series of book arts related workshops, filled with a wide range of topics including working with inkjet printed photos, maps, cyanotype process, serial printmaking, and more. The 2022 program will run August 1-7.
Address: University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, 96 Falmouth Street, Portland, ME 04104
California Rare Book School (CALRBS) is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in entering the field. CALRBS offers weeklong courses covering a broad range of topics; most are held on the UCLA campus. In 2022, an international component, in Northern Italy, debuts. Information on upcoming courses, applications, and scholarships, is available online.
Address: UCLA Department of Information Studies, 232 GSE&IS Building, Box 951520, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
The Center for Book Arts, founded by Richard Minsky in 1974, offers over one hundred classes and workshops in bookbinding, letterpress printing, paper marbling, typography, and related fields throughout the year. For a full list of courses, exhibitions, events, and opportunities, visit the website or the studio.
Address: 28 West 27th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum offers workshops, internships, and residencies in type composition, locking up, and letterpress printing.
Address: 1816 10th St., Two Rivers, WI 54241
The Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers workshops and webinars related to photography, fine art, digital preservation, and printing techniques year-round.
Address: Rochester Institute of Technology/IPI, 70 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604
The International Printing Museum’s Book Arts Institute offers a wide range of classes in letterpress printing, fine printmaking, book arts and papermaking. The museum houses one of the largest collections of antique printing machinery in the world. Classes change seasonally. For more information, visit the museum in person or online.
Address: 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson, CA 90745
The London Palaeography Summer School runs a series of intensive courses that range from a half to two days duration and are given by experts in their respective fields. Subject areas include Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Early Modern English, German and Greek palaeography, illumination, illuminated manuscripts, codicology, diplomatic, manuscript editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts. Hosted by the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies with the cooperation of the British Library, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House Library, the Warburg Institute, and others. In 2022, LIPS will run across two weeks, from June 6-17.
Address: Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 8679
London Rare Book School is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught in and around Senate House, University of London. The courses are taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivaled library and museum resources of London. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and other artifacts from some of the world’s greatest collections. LRBS will run across two weeks, from June 20-July 1, 2022. Visit the website for an outline of courses and related information.
Address: Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Room 260, Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 862 8680
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding to experimental art-making and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts. Core and advanced certificate programs in book arts are available.
Address: Open Book Building, 1011 Washington Ave. S, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Museum of Printing History was founded in 1979 by four printers with a passion for preserving their vast collections and sharing them with the community. The Printing Museum demonstrates the enduring impact of printing by exploring the intersections of the history, art, and technology of the craft. Workshops teach individuals about the tools, skills, traditions, and processes associated with different historical and contemporary printing technologies. Through hands-on learning and education the museum provides an understanding of and access to different forms of communication and self-expression.
Address: 1324 W. Clay Street, Houston, TX 77019
National Print Museum promotes a greater understanding of the historical significance and contemporary relevance of printing by exploring its heritage, craft and technology. NPM hosts year-round workshops in Linocut, Japanese Woodblock and Monotype, Calligraphy, Bookbinding, Artist’s Bookmaking, Batik, Origami, Silk Painting and Card making.
Address: Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks. Haddington Road, Dublin 4, D04 E0C9, Ireland
Tel: +353 01 6603770
North Bennet St. School has a two-year bookbinding program that attracts students who share a passion for bookbinding, book restoration, and book preservation. Bookbinding graduates are prepared to use case bindings to bind new books or repair 19th- and 20th-century books, construct protective enclosures, and perform simple conservation procedures under the general direction of a supervisor. Graduates are trained to bind books in leather and perform simple finishing operations, including blind tooling and gold lettering, and perform conservation work on leather-bound volumes.
Address: 150 North St., Boston, MA 02109
Northeast Document Conservation Center is a non-profit conservation laboratory specializing in the conservation and preservation of paper-based materials. Workshops and webinars are held throughout the year on topics such as digitization techniques, disaster planning, identification and care of photographs, and basic book repair, geared toward professionals working in cultural institutions. The center has also developed a number of free resources on preservation basics and services.
Address: 100 Brickstone Square, 4th Floor, Andover, MA 01810-1494
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center is a non-profit contemporary arts center dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, screen printing, printmaking, digital arts, and the art of the book. For more than thirty years, Pyramid has provided opportunities for the discovery and creation of these fine arts through imaginative programming for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
Address: 4318 Gallatin St., Hyattsville, MD 20781
Rare Book School at the University of Virginia (RBS) provides continuing education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. Courses are mostly held in Charlottesville during the summer semester, but additional courses during the year are taught in New Haven, New York, Washington DC, Bloomington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. RBS is offering a combination of in-person and online courses in 2022.
Address: 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia, PO Box 400103, Charlottesville, VA 22904
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking is an internationally renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. It holds classes & workshops for all ages, and for groups, on bookbinding, papermaking, and other book arts.
Address: Renewable Bioproducts Institute, Georgia Tech, 500 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
The San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) offers more than four hundred book arts workshops each year in three broad categories: printing, binding, and related arts. Scores of workshops foster learning at all levels: from introductory classes to yearlong courses, from traditional bookbinding to cutting-edge printing techniques to experimental book forms; many now online.
Address: 375 Rhode Island St., San Francisco, CA 94103
The Texas A&M University’s Annual Book History Workshop workshop provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. The five-day workshop is intended for librarians, archivists, students, teachers, collectors, and private individuals who have an interest in the first three and a half centuries of the printed book. Visit the website for enrollment details.
Address: Kevin O’Sullivan, Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-5000
The University of Iowa Center for the Book is an innovative, interdisciplinary arts and research unit located within the University of Iowa Graduate College. The UICB pursues a distinctive mission—integrating practice in the art of book production with the study of the book in society. UICB offers curricula in book technologies and book history, available to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as to the eastern Iowa community.
Address: 216 North Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242
Wells College Summer Book Arts Institute is located at Wells College on the eastern shore of New York’s Cayuga Lake. Undergraduate courses and summer sessions are available. Courses on letterpress, paper engineering, photography, self-publishing, book art, calligraphy, historic binding structures, and more.
Address: Wells Books Arts Center, 170 Main St., Aurora, NY 13026
Women’s Studio Workshop offers carefully targeted instruction in printmaking, papermaking, fiber arts, ceramics, and book arts and features workshops that present new methods and materials. Courses include bookbinding, monoprint and encaustic, sculptural papermaking, letterpress printing, screen-printing, photogravure, and more. The Summer Arts Institute runs in July and August. Other courses and workshops held year-round; men also welcome.
Address: PO Box 489, Rosendale, NY 12472
York Antiquarian Book Seminar provides an opportunity for leading specialists to share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians, and collectors in a comprehensive survey of the rare book market, both antiquarian and modern. Running in 2022 from October 31 to November 3.
Address: Riley Grant, The ABA Educational Trust
Tel: + 44 (0)20 8004 9512
Events & Exhibits
American Writers Museum
Exhibit: Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice. Opens June 2022.
Address: 180 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
Exhibit: Tutankhamun: Excavating the Archive. Through March 5, 2023.
Address: Weston Library, Oxford, England
Blanton Museum of Art
Exhibit: Fantastically French! Design and Architecture in 16th- to 18th-Century Prints. Through Aug. 14, 2022.
Address: 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX
The British Library
Exhibit: Visualising Victorian News. Through August 21, 2022.
Exhibit: Gold. Through October 2, 2022.
Address: 96 Euston Road, London, England
The British Museum
Exhibit: Printmaking in Prague: Art from the court of Rudolf II. Through August 28, 2022.
Address: Great Russell Street, London, England
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Exhibit: Defying Expectations: Inside Charlotte Brontë’s Wardrobe. Through January 1, 2023.
Address: Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
California Museum of Photography
Exhibit: California Stories: Photographs From The Stephen White Collection II. Through July 31, 2022.
Address: UCR Arts, 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA
Cambridge University Library
Exhibit: Darwin in Conversation: The endlessly curious life and letters of Charles Darwin. July 9, 2022-Dec. 4, 2022.
Address: Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, England
Center for Book Arts
Exhibit: Beyond Codex: Living Archives. Through June 25, 2022.
Address: 28 West 27th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY
Charles Dickens Museum
Exhibit: Picturing Pickwick: The Art of The Pickwick Papers. Through September 11, 2022.
Address: 48-49 Doughty Street, London, England
Cleveland Museum of Art
Exhibit: Text and Image in Southern Asia. Aug. 26, 2022-March 3, 2023.
Address: 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH
Exhibit: Alive With Birds. Through Sept. 5, 2022.
Address: 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA
Crystal Bridges Museum of Art
Exhibit: We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy. July 2, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023.
Address: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR
Delaware Art Museum
Exhibit: e. jean lanyon: The Magic Language. Through August 7, 2022.
Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE
Denver Art Museum
Exhibit: Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer. July 3-Nov. 6, 2022.
Address: 100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, CO
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Exhibit: I Could Do That! The Picture Book Art of Ed Emberley. Through June 12, 2022.
Exhibit: Eric Carle: Raining Cats & Dogs. Through August 21, 2022.
Exhibit: Finding Nura: Rediscovering an American Modernist from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection. Through November 6, 2022.
Address: 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA
Exhibit: Harry Potter: The Exhibition. Through Sept. 18, 2022.
Address: 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Exhibit: Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy. Through July 10, 2022.
Exhibit: The Fantasy of the Middle Ages. June 21-September 11, 2022.
Exhibit: Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop. July 19-Oct. 9, 2022.
Exhibit: Visualizing the Virgin Mary. Oct. 11, 2022-January 8, 2023.
Address: 1200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Exhibit: “Travelers, Tracks and Tycoons: The Railroad in American Legend and Life.” Through July 30, 2022.
Address: 47 East 60th St., New York, NY
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas Austin
Exhibit: Women and the Making of Joyce’s Ulysses. Through July 17, 2022.
Exhibit: Drawing the Motion Picture: Production Art and Storyboards. January 28, 2023-July 16, 2023.
Address: 21st and Guadalupe St., Austin, TX
High Museum of Art
Exhibit: Oliver Jeffers: 15 Years of Picturing Books. Through Aug. 7, 2022.
Address: 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Exhibit: 100 Great British Drawings. June 18-Sept. 5, 2022.
Address: 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Legion of Honor Museum
Exhibit: Japanese Prints in Transition: From the Floating World to the Modern World. October 22, 2022-January 1, 2023.
Address: 100 34th Ave., San Francisco, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Exhibit: Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents. April 11-July 31, 2022.
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Exhibit: Venice in the 1700s. Through Oct. 16, 2022.
Exhibit: The Three Perfections: Image, Poem, and Calligraphy in Chinese Painting. Through Dec. 4, 2022.
Address: 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Morgan Library and Museum
Exhibit: One Hundred Years of James Joyce’s Ulysses. June 3-October 2, 2022.
Exhibit: J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library: Building the Bookman’s Paradise. June 10-Sept. 18, 2022.
Exhibit: Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton. June 10-Sept. 11, 2022.
Exhibit: PLEASE SEND TO REAL LIFE: Ray Johnson Photographs. June 17-October 2, 2022.
Exhibit: Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away. September 30, 2022-January 22, 2023.
Exhibit: The Little Prince: Taking Flight. October 14, 2022- January 15, 2023.
Exhibit: She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C. October 14, 2022-February 19, 2023.
Address: 225 Madison Ave. at 36th St., New York, NY
National Gallery of Art
Exhibit: American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams. Through Oct. 2, 2022.
Exhibit: The Renaissance in the North: New Prints and Perspectives. July 3-Nov. 27, 2022.
Address: West Building, 6th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibit: Family Ties: Daguerreotype Portraits. July 1, 2022-June 11, 2023
Address: Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Exhibit: Signs: Photographs by Jim Dow. Through Oct. 9, 2022.
Address: 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO
Norman Rockwell Museum
Exhibit: Imprinted: Illustrating Race. June 11-Oct. 30, 2022.
Exhibit: Norman Rockwell Drawings, 1914-1976. Sept. 2, 2022-Jan. 7, 2023.
Exhibit: Forever Six: Hilary Knight’s Eloise and Other Stories. Nov. 12, 2022-March 12, 2023.
Address: 9 Glendale Rd/Rte 183. Stockbridge, MA
Norton Simon Museum
Exhibit: Ink, Paper, Stone: Six Women Artists and the Language of Lithography. Oct. 14, 2022-March 6, 2023.
Address: 411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA
New-York Historical Society
Exhibit: Building America: Highlights from the Architectural Collections. Through June 26, 2022.
Exhibit: Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Children’s Books. Through July 24, 2022.
Address: 170 Central Park West, New York, NY
New York Public Library
Exhibit: Polonsky Exhibition of the New York Public Library Treasures. Ongoing.
Address: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY
Exhibit: Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars. June 9, 2022-March 4, 2023.
Address: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
The New York Society Library
Exhibit: Fabulous Fashion. June 9, 2022-Jan. 15, 2023.
Address: 53 East 79th St., New York, NY
Exhibit: Crossings: Mapping American Journeys. Through June 25, 2022.
Address: 60 West Walton St., Chicago, IL
Phoenix Museum of Art
Exhibit: Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s. Through Dec. 4, 2022.
Address: 1625 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
Exhibit: The Utopian Avant-Garde: Soviet Film Posters of the 1920s. Through Aug. 21, 2022.
Exhibit: Experimental Marriage: Women in Early Hollywood. Through Oct. 9, 2022.
Exhibit: With My Little Eye: Warnings from the Homefront. Oct. 20, 2022-April 16, 2023.
Exhibit: Out of the Mouths of Babes: Children’s Posters During World War I. Oct. 20, 2022-April 16, 2023.
Address: 119 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY
Princeton University Library
Exhibit: Through a Glass Darkly: Alchemy and the Ripley Scrolls, 1400-1700. Through July 17, 2022.
Exhibit: Sites of Memory: The Archival World of Toni Morrison. Spring 2023.
Address: Firestone Library, 1 Washington Rd, Princeton, NJ
Rosenbach Museum and Library
Exhibit: 18 Reasons to Read Ulysses: A Centennial Celebration. Through Sept. 18, 2022.
Event: Bloomsday Festival. June 16, 2022.
Address: 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA
Victoria & Albert Museum
Exhibit: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. Through Jan. 8, 2023.
Address: Cromwell Road, London
Yale University Library
Exhibit: Brava! Women Make American Theater. Through July 3, 2022.
Address: Beinecke Library, 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT
Book Fairs & Festivals
Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: June 11-12, 2022
Address: Amsterdam Marriott Hotel, Stadhouderskade 12, 1054 ES Amsterdam, Netherlands
Book Fairs & Festivals
Rose City Book & Paper Fair
Date: June 17-18, 2022
Address: 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
MWABA Chicago Book & Paper Fair
Date: June 18, 2022
Address: Chicago’s Journeyman’s Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL
The Cooperstown Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair
Date: June 25, 2022
Address: Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown, NY
Date: June 25-30, 2022
Address: MECC Maastricht, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands
Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: July 8-9, 2022
Address: Schoenecker Arena, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Detroit Festival of Books
Date: July 17, 2022
Address: Eastern Market, Shed 5, Detroit, MI
Newberry Library Book Fair
Date: July 29-31, 2022
Address: Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL
Date: August 4-7, 2022
Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 910 Sheraton Dr., Mars, PA
Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair
Date: August 9-10, 2022
Address: Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO
National Book Festival
Date: September 3, 2022
Address: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
York National Book Fair
Date: September 9-10, 2022
Address: The Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, York, England
Date: September 15-18, 2022
Address: Saatchi Gallery, Sloane Square, London, England
Paris Rare Book & Graphic Arts Fair
Date: September 23-25, 2022
Address: Grand Palais Éphémère, Champ-de-Mars, Place Joffre, Paris
Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: October 8-9, 2022
Address: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, Washington
NY Art Book Fair
Date: October 13-16, 2022
Address: 548 W. 22nd St.
Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: October 15, 2022
Address: Scottish Rite Temple 6151 “H” Street, Sacramento, CA
Paris Map Fair
Date: November 5, 2022
Address: Hotel Ambassador, 16 Bd Haussmann, Paris, France
Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: November 11-13, 2022
Address: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston, MA
California International Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: Feb 10-12, 2023
Address: Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA
San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair
Date: February 2023
Address: South San Francisco Conference Center, South San Francisco, CA
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
Date: February 16-21, 2023
Address: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: March 10-12, 2023
Address: The Coliseum, St. Petersburg, FL
New York International Antiquarian Book Fair
Date: April 27-30, 2023
Address: Park Avenue Armory, New York City