Book Arts Studio

Access letterpress machines and other bookmaking supplies.

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Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library, Second Floor, Room 2397View floorplan

artistsbooks@umich.edu

Experiment with hand set type and book making supplies in our Book Arts Studio, which includes more than 150 drawers of metal and wooden type and a few hundred pictorial ornaments. 

What’s available 

  • More than 150 drawers of metal and wooden type
  • Pictorial printing ornaments 
  • Chandler & Price platen press
  • 2 tabletop platen presses
  • 2 flatbed proofing presses
  • Book making equipment and supplies 

How to access 

Access is mostly by appointment only. Please contact us at artistsbooks@umich.edu for more information.

Open studio time is available to everyone on Tuesdays, 3-7 pm, and is designed for both beginners and experienced users.

We also offer workshops several times a semester on processes and techniques related to the book arts.

Extended access may be available to users who have significant experience.

Schedule a class visit or tour

We welcome visits from school groups and the general public. Email us at artistsbooks@umich.edu to request a visit.  

Can’t make it to the Book Arts Studio? The Design Lab Workshop on Central Campus also contains a letterpress, typewriter, and other creative materials.