Bookbinding

The two-year, comprehensive Bookbinding program teaches students how to make, restore, and preserve books and other printed treasures.

During the first year, you’ll learn the history and development of this traditional craft, as well as develop a host of necessary skills. You'll make a variety of historical and modern binding structures, boxes, and other protective enclosures. The repair of cloth and paper bindings will supplement your understanding of the way books function and break down.

Toward the end of the first year and throughout the second year you will create and repair leather bindings. During your second year, you'll have the opportunity to choose additional projects that reflect your personal career goals in conservation, fine binding, or other areas of the field. Additional learning takes place outside of the classroom — through exhibits, conferences, and field trips to binderies, historic collections, private studios, and conservation labs.

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Program Details

  • Curriculum: Investigate what students learn over the course of the two-year program.
  • Facilities: Virtually walk through the program space and bench room.
  • Faculty: Meet our talented instructors, who are experts in their field.
  • Tuition: Check out tuition, costs, class hours, schedule, and program length.
  • Careers: Explore the wide variety of careers available to Bookbinding graduates and the employment outlook.
  • Profiles: Read about our alumni, including how an education at NBSS opened doors for them.
  • Bookbinding program brochure: Download at-a-glance details.

Admissions, Financial Aid, and Employment Information

Questions?

Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or admissions@nbss.edu.
In the Making: Yi Bin Liang

After studying Illustration at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Yi Bin Liang BB '19 joined the NBSS Bookbinding program. Her artistic background is apparent in distinctively graphic and painterly bindings, pen & ink illustrations, and even the equipment she uses to ply her trade. We caught up with Yi Bin at her home studio for a laughter-filled conversation about her technique, plans for the fall, and where craft and artistry meet.

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WATCH: Make a Petal Fold Book

Learn how to make a petal fold book with NBSS middle school and Continuing Education instructors Colin Urbina BB '11 and Erin Fletcher BB '12. This fun shape has "petals" which are folded and glued together, and unfolds looking like a flower or an accordion. Give yours as many or as few petals as you like!

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In the Making: Rebekah Lord Gardiner

As part of a new series of video interviews with members of our community we talk with Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB '93, a Bookbinding graduate, member of the School's Board of Advisors, and co-owner of Shepard & Maudsleigh Studios. Learn how Rebekah's creating community online, and how, when things seem grey, she thinks about a particular children's book and moments of creative possibility.

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Samuel Feinstein

"As far as I know, the U.S. does not have any bookbinding programs like NBSS... a multiple year program, bench-oriented, and focused on craft."

Samuel Feinstein BB ’12

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