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.
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 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:
Additional resources are:
Book Arts Journals
Journals and Publications:
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.