Discover the Book Arts Workshop, a vibrant and unique part of the Dartmouth campus offering students, faculty, and community members the opportunity to explore the arts of bookbinding, printing, and typography.
The Book Arts Workshop is currently open to community members, staff, faculty and students. Face coverings are welcome, but not required.
Explore and learn about the world of books through historical and contemporary mediums, including letterpress printing, digital design, and hand-bookbinding!
From creating sturdy journals or pop-up books to printing images from low-relief objects, you’ll have access to the Workshop’s bindery, presses, and wide selection of metal and wood typefaces to bring your project to life. We offer faculty and curricular support as well.
We welcome all abilities and skill levels and your Workshop sessions include full use of equipment and materials.
Want to stay in the loop about Open Studio sessions, classes, and special events? Join Dartmouth Book Arts Listserv to receive weekly reminders.
Please note, in light of increasing material and resourcing costs for Dartmouth’s ever-growing curricular and community engagement, some of our programs and events will require a materials/administrative fee. Read about our fees and registration, cancellation, & refund policies.
We’ll continue to offer special drop-in events free of charge to the Dartmouth community. You’ll see those sessions marked as such on our events booking page.
Faculty & Curricular Support
As a valued part of the Dartmouth experience, the Book Arts Workshop is available to faculty for curricular support, collaboration, and co-teaching. Over the years we’ve hosted classes from many departments; including English, Studio Art, Russian, Computer Science, and Environmental Studies, to tailor instruction around projects of varying length: from one session to the entire term.
If you’d like to use the workshop for an upcoming class, please contact Sarah M. Smith who can assist you in designing the exercise, confirming schedules, and obtaining any necessary supplies. This set of questions will help with planning for your project. If a full class visit isn’t possible, we always welcome the use of the workshop by individual students to complete coursework during open studio hours.
Scenes from the Book Arts Workshop
A lot happens here! You can register and attend a free class on printing or bookbinding; attend a talk or workshop with a visiting designer or book artist; visit with a class from the curriculum or work on a project just for fun! Book Arts projects have included everything from posters and journals, to pop-up books, thank you cards, wallpaper, and coasters. Browse our gallery, and if you’ve got a Book Art’s project you’d like us to feature, email Sarah at email@example.com.
The Book Arts Workshop Studios are located in Baker Library, Rooms 21-25 (west entrance, lower level, around the corner from the Orozco murals). The Bindery Studio is in Baker Room 21 and the Letterpress Studio is in Baker Room 23. Room 25 (also known as the "Ampersand Room") is a resource room with books on books, computer, printers and a door to the Book Arts Workshop Program Manager's office.
You'll find a Baker Ground Level link on our Floor Guides page.