Book Arts

Browse The Collection

You may wish to browse the Z collection on the 4th floor of the Library to find a variety of books about the book arts, printing, design, and history.  In addition, you can use the library catalog to search using a variety of key terms to discover more books.  For those items not owned by the Collins Library, Puget Sound students and faculty may request direct borrowing through the Orbis/Cascade Alliance.  Members of the general public are encouraged to contact their local public library and inquire about ILL services.

Browse the catalog by keyword and subject searching.  Remember to limit your search to just University of Puget Sound Library if you are looking for books only located in the Collins Memorial Library.

Use these terms and phrases to identify useful materials.  In addition, you can enter the name of an individual book artist.  If you are using the WorldCat Catalog, the holdings of many regional libraries also are searched.  Please keep in mind that many of our peer institutions such as University of Washington and Reed College have wonderful book arts collections.


Altered book


Book jackets

Decorated books

Fine press/fine books




Narrative art



Sculptural book


Artists’ books

Book design

Books and reading


Graphic design


Mail art

Miniature books

Paper engineering/ paper works



Toy and moveable books



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 opportunites, and sponsoring exhibits. The Guild publishes many key resources:

The Guild of Book Workers Journal

GBW Blog


The Center for Book Arts The Center for Book Arts is committed to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object while invigorating traditional artistic practices of the art of the book. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary art and literature through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting. Founded in 1974, it was the first organization of its kind in the nation.

Book Arts Guild (BAG) reflects the wide variety of arts and crafts sheltered under the book arts umbrella. BAG has hosted hundreds of lectures by major artists from all over the world, coordinated many workshops with master artists and craftspeople, supported exhibitions, and been active in regional book fairs throughout the group's history. Many of the events are held at the University of Washington library.



Find Books and Reference Materials

The Collins Memorial Library has a variety of resources to help support research in the book arts.  Members of the general public are welcome to visit the library to use our resources.  If you are interested in learning more about borrowing options, please consult our community users page.

A good starting point for information is this freely accessible web guide:

Philip Zimmermann and Karen Zimmermann. “Book and Artists’ Books Bibliography: A List of Recommended Readings and Resources.” College Book Arts Association, Resource Lists. 10 Aug. 2010.

Additional resources are:

The Oxford companion to the book [electronic resource] / Call #: INTERNET Reference Electronic
This is a very useful guide to all aspects of book history and design and is available to visitors from a library computer.

The century of artists' books Author: Drucker, Johanna, 1952- Call #: N7433.3 .D78 2004 Books

Structure of the visual book Author: Smith, Keith A., 1938- Call #: Z116.A3 S58 1994 Books

Book Arts Journals

Journals and Publications:

Artist Book News
Jill Timm, editor
Mystical Places Press
10 Cove Ave. S # 11,
Wenatchee, WA 98801-2565
phone: 509-663-2961

The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist
Peter D. Verheyen, Publisher

Book Arts Newsletter
Published monthly by Sara Bodman of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.

Journal of Artists' Books (JAB)
Published by Brad Freeman, founded in 1994, the only publication devoted exclusively to criticism in the field of artists' books. Contains artists' pages, interviews, critical and historical articles, and reviews of books.

A journal for the book arts edited by Judith Hoffberg.


Book Arts On The Web

Book Arts Web This comprehensive web site provides access to myriad of resources including links to book arts organizations, publications, education materials, online exhibitions, blogs, papermaking ,  letterpress and printing resources, as well as basic copyright information. The Book Arts Web List is an important communication tool.

College Book Arts Group

Directory of Artists' Book Collections

Selected book arts links from Yale


Library collections in the PNW and beyond!

Dealers for purchase and sale of artists' books

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