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.

Virtual Exhibition on view: Wild/LIFE

January 10 - February 12, 2022

A traveling exhibit from the Guild of Book Workers featuring 45 hand-bound, design bindings interpreting the theme of "wildlife" in a variety of ways—from literal or abstract, to humorous or serious.


Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or
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Explore the Facilities

Students get dedicated bench space during the two-year program. You’ll be responsible for getting hand tools and a few basic textbooks, but our Bookbinding facilities have all the equipment you need for your studies.

Our Bookbinding facilities include two board shears, two combination presses, a job backer, a Kwikprint stamping machine with several type fonts, 10 presses, finishing tools, a photo copy stand, a guillotine, and an extensive library of bookbinding texts.

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