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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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HBC47 Annual Members’ Exhibition
June 8 through September 2, 2019

HBC 47 is just around the corner.  It will be held at the skylight gallery on the sixth floor of the San Francisco Public Library. It is a wonderful space; We hope you have all been busy creating lovely bindings, boxes, letterpress books, and artist books.  


The intent to enter is available below. As in past years the entry fee covers two items. If you signed up for the Wilder Bentley Project, that stands as your intent to enter. Please take note of the important dates below. You can email the exhibitions team if you have questions or technical issues relating to your submission at

  • Feb. 25 - submit intent to enter online (if you have not registered for the Wilder Bentley Project)

  • Feb 29 – additional information will be provided to participants. 

  • March 8 -11 - See option for Drop off and mailing below. Complete a Submission of materials with your entry. March 11th is final Deadline for drop-off/delivery

  • June 8 to September 2 - Exhibit at SFPL

DETAILS FOR Submitting Books for HBC 47 Members Exhibit.

Please print a hardcopy and return a copy with your book. FILL OUT HARDCOPY FORM HERE OR DIGITAL ABOVE
Email for assistance if you are unable to print your entry. If you have not paid your entry fee include your check for $35 with your submission.

Submit Books to HBC by March 11, 2019, in one of the following ways:


Drop off during business hours to San Francisco Main Library
Special Collections, 6th floor
100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Attention: Samantha Cairo-Toby


Deliver to Beth on March 5 ONLY,
HBC Show and Tell Program (event from 6:30 – 9:00)
San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, SF CA 94103

Drop off during business hours to Arion Press:
Attention: Sarah Songer
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, ca 94129
OPEN HOURS: M-F from 9-4:30pm


Sarah Songer c/o Arion Press
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, ca 94129



San Francisco Public Library
Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 6th Floor
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, 94102

Library Hours

Located at the upper terminus of the grand staircase and atrium, the Skylight Gallery is a flexible 2,200 plus square foot display area which hosts an active program of rotating special exhibitions. In addition to presenting exhibitions drawn from the Library's collections, the Library sponsors exhibitions on loan from other institutions and organizations.

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.