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Book Arts Studio

Open to: all students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 5th Ave, M100   •  

Academic Year 2020-21 Update

Appointments are Open

Alumni can request access for the upcoming summer by filling out this form.


Printshop + Book Arts Studio Summer Holiday Closures

The Printshop + Book Arts Studios will be closed the following days:

Friday, June 18th (in observance of Juneteenth)

Monday July 5th – Friday July 9th (4th of July Holiday Week)


Mandatory Orientation

There will be no new book arts or letterpress orientations this semester.




If you have any questions or concerns please let us know by contacting us here:

Technician Consultation

If  you would like to request a space reservation, please follow the building selection and testing steps outlined the access protocol, and schedule a technician consultation using the link below.

During your consultation, the technician will speak with you about your project, direct you to the best resources to support your work, and assist you in requesting your space reservation in LibCal. The technician can also help you reserve additional tools you may need for your days on campus via Tool Checkout.

Workstation Reservation

Once you have met with a technician, please request your on campus workstation reservation at least 48 hours in advance of coming to campus.

To meet social distancing needs we have 1 designated space:

  • 1 for Book Arts and Letterpress

These stations should only be used for printing and binding. All pre-studio work should be done before your appointment at the studio.You will only have access to one  station during your appointment which is granted for the entire open hours of the book arts studio.

Project Submission / Pick-up Appointment

In an effort to facilitate making this semester, we will be allowing students:

  • Pressing of text blocks in nipping presses.
  • Cutting of text blocks on the Guillotine.
  • Assembly and binding of books.

Did you leave work in the Book Arts Studio and need to pick it up?

Please email to retrieve your work.

About the Book Arts Studio

The Book Arts Room is open to students that are currently enrolled in a Book Arts course as well as students who have previously taken a Book Arts course and/or fulfilled orientation obligations. Students may be required to present their ID to a technician in order to use the shop equipment or materials. Students who have previously taken a Book Arts course who are not currently enrolled in a class are required to take an orientation (per semester) specific to the equipment they will be using in order to utilize the facilities. Classes that would like to use the Book Arts equipment must schedule a consultation with a technician and make sure that all students either take the proper orientation before class use or schedule a time to take an orientation all together. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to one of our technicians.

Featured Equipment and Tools

  • Tool Checkout Request
  • Tool Checkout Guide

Book Arts Studio Calendar