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Po Box 193216
San Francisco, CA

A close-knit group of hand bookbinders, with shared interests in creating and collecting fine bindings, joined together to promote hand bookbinding and related book arts and to exchange information and ideas. 

Current Exhibition

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Hand Bookbinders Annual Members’ Exhibition (HBC 45)


Exhibition Dates: August 28 - December 8, 2017
Members Reception: Sunday, September 10, 2017  from 1 - 4 pm

Gallery Talks with Signa Judy Houghteling, Thursdays, September 28 & October 26 at 10:30 am

A Special Presentation of New Acquisitions and Old Treasures:
A short talk and viewing with Janice Braun, Library Director and Special Collections Curator, F. W. Olin Library, Mills College
Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 1 - 2:30pm

Exhibition Location: 
Special Collections
F. W. Olin Library 
Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd. 
Oakland CA 94613
tel: 510-430-2047

Exhibition Hours:
Monday, 10 am - noon; 1-7 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am - noon; 1-5 pm
(Due to unforeseen staffing issues this fall, please call ahead of your planned visit to be sure someone is on hand to welcome you. Thank you!)

For directions and information about public transportation please click here.  


One of the foundational mandates of the HBC was to provide opportunities for local bookbinders to share their work not only with one another but also with the broader community.   Each year the HBC sponsors an Annual Members’ Exhibition open for viewing to the general public.  All members in good standing -- whether they be amateur or professional, beginner or expert -- are welcome to enter their work.

The artworks displayed reflect the varied interests of our diverse membership and can include design bindings, fine press, artist’s books, calligraphy, conservation, box-making, historical structures, and paper decoration.  A full color catalog is also published to accompany the exhibition.  

Past exhibitions have been hosted by a variety of Bay Area museums, galleries, and libraries including the San Francisco Public Library, Stanford University, Mills College, the University of San Francisco, the University of California at San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book, the American Bookbinding Museum, and many others.