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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

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.  

Hand Bookbinders Annual Members’ Exhibition (HBC 45)

The Hand Bookbinders Annual Members’ Exhibition will be held at Mills College in the the Special Collections Department of the F. W. Olin Library.

Exhibition Dates: August 28 - October 20, 2017
Members Reception: and Fall Kick-off Party will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 1-4 pm.

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

For directions and information about public transportation please click here.  

All members in good Standing are encouraged to submit their books for inclusion in the HBC45 exhibition. If you would like to exhibit your books, please proceed to our Intent to Enter page for instructions, forms, and payment options. 

Important dates:
May 15: Last Day to declare Intent to Enter
June 1: Last Day for Submission of Materials