The NBSS Bookbinding program was recently gifted an expansive collection of items from the famed Club Bindery in NYC. The hand and roll tools, brass plate dies, art nouveau tools, and other items will allow for greater instruction on the decoration of 18th- to 20th-century books.
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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- 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.
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Take a virtual tour of this shared bindery space located in Boston's historic Fort Point neighborhood. For NBSS grads Colin Hill Urbina BB '11, Erin Fletcher BB '12, Kate Levy BB '17, and Lauren Moon-Schott BB '13, it's a place to continue their training and develop creatively. Their individual binderies make up Third Year Studio, one of the neighborhood's last active workshops, and a reference to their shared background at the School's prestigious two-year bookbinding program.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to an alumnus who is nominated by their alumni peers and voted upon by the Alumni Association. The decision is based on a nominee's professional accomplishments, their contributions to their craft, and their work with schools and organizations to promote excellence in craft. This year the Award goes to Consuela "Chela" Metzger BB '93. Throughout her influential 20+ year career, Chela has held multiple teaching and book conservation positions and has educated and mentored many fellow book conservators.
North Bennet Street School recently hosted a special exhibition of exquisite hand-bound books made by students and alumni of the Bookbinding program. This unique gathering of work showcased the many talents of our diverse bookbinding community, and offered insight into the renowned program at NBSS. The thirty-five fine bindings were on view from March 28 to April 30, 2019.
WCVB-TV's CityLine featured NBSS in a segment that aired March 24, 2019. They interviewed two current students, Bookbinding student Sephora Bergiste BB '19 and Preservation Carpentry student and Carpentry graduate Diego Rojas CA '17, PC '19, as well as and NBSS President Sarah Turner during their visit to the School. Watch the full video here.
Bookbinder, collector, exhibit organizer, and philanthropist Louisa "Lisa" Hunnewell von Clemm was a supportive, encouraging member of the NBSS Board of Directors for over 25 years. Her considerable impact on the School continues to be felt in meaningful ways, including the new Lisa von Clemm Scholarship established this year in her memory. As an endowed, need-based fund intended specifically for Bookbinding students, it will ensure the program continues to thrive for years to come.
"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 ’12View More Bookbinding Alumni Profiles