This is book art.

A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is clear: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

We invite you to experience all that MCBA has to offer.

Explore our artist programs, education offerings, and community programming through the menus above.

Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


Shop Sale 2017 frontpage

Shop Sale 2017 frontpage

MCBA’s Annual Winter Shop Sale

February 23-26, 2017

Free and open to the public

Stop by The Shop at Minnesota Center for Book Arts February 23-26th for 50-75% off a HUGE variety of items including: Holiday books, journals, and notecards, a massive variety of cards, select bookmaking supplies, select children’s books, toys and crafts, select notebooks, and more!


A sale this big only happens once a year at MCBA. Invite your friends, support local business and art, stock up on gifts for next year and treat yourself!


RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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At MCBA, we celebrate creativity, community, and inclusion.


Your support connects our community of artists, students, and booklovers of all ages with programs that celebrate the art of the book. Your generosity keeps our exhibitions free, our studios world-class, and our doors open to the public seven days a week.


Make a donation today and support creative opportunities and inspiration for everyone. Thank you!

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In the Main Gallery:

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIII

On display November 8, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists and others — create projects ranging from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes to documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.


In the Cowles Literary Commons:

2017 Book Artist Award: Steven McCarthy

On display January 20, 2016 – March 26, 2016


McCarthy’s award-winning piece is a mobile display unit for 22 altered books selected from Little Free Libraries in the Twin Cities. Using various techniques – collage, rebinding, cutting, folding, tearing, gluing – the artist altered the books to create a collection in which throwaway items are reborn as a part of a larger library narrative.