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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. 


Resources and Other Organizations

San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) - The San Francisco Center for the Book offers more than 300 book-arts workshops each year in three broad categories: Printing, Binding and Related Arts.

Stanford University (CoOL) - A project of the Preservation Department of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.

Guild of Book Workers - The Guild of Book Workers promotes interest in and awareness of the tradition of the book and paper arts by maintaining high standards of workmanship, hosting educational opportunities, and sponsoring exhibits.

Guild of Book Workers Caifornia Chapter - Under the aegis of the national Guild of Book Workers, the California Chapter forms an association of people involved in many different aspects of the book arts, including bookbinding and design binding, book repair and conservation, box-making, work with paper including paper-making, conservation and marbling, the creation of artists’ books (including pop-ups!), fine printing and the collection of the varied and beautiful work of book binders and book artists from around the world.

ARA Belgica -  (Amis de la Reliure d'Art) is an international non-profit-making organisation, founded in France in 1982 by Marcel Garrigou and friends. The association is not only involved in traditional and modern bookbinding, but also in contemporary bookbinding trends in all countries. 

North Bennett Street School - NBSS offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. 

Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild - Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts. 

i BookBinding  - Is a learning resource for beginners and experience bookbinders alike. They have a series of video instructions that is quite well done and extremely helpful. The lessons/videos are free of charge.

Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley -  The University Library's Rare Book Collection was founded in 1954 and transferred to The Bancroft Library in 1970. It is responsible for collecting, preserving, and making accessible old, rare, fragile, and sensitive materials on a wide range of subjects. As a rule, the Rare Book Collection avoids the subject areas of law, medicine, music, and East Asian languages, since other campus libraries specialize in these areas.

American Academy of Bookbinding - is an internationally known degree-oriented bookbinding and book conservation school that offers book enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to initiate and improve their skills in a generous and supportive learning environment. 

Society of Bookbinders - A UK-based educational charity dedicated to traditional and contemporary bookbinding and to the preservation and conservation of the printed and written word.

Designer Bookbinders - Is one of the foremost societies devoted to the craft of fine bookbinding. Founded over fifty years ago in the UK, it has, by means of exhibitions and publications, helped to establish the reputation of British bookbinding worldwide.

San Francisco Public Library The Marjorie G. and Carl W. Stern Book Arts & Special Collections Center houses important research collections on printing history, calligraphy and lettering, wit and humor, little magazines and zines, early children’s books, and several smaller collections. If you are planning to visit please refer to our Guidelines for Using the Collection. 




Washi Arts - Exquisite Japanese papers for creative individuals and businesses.HBC Members receive a 10% discount on any order by entering HBC! at checkout. Shipping is always $5.00.