Studio Rental

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Providing artists with access to studio space, tools and equipment is central to MCBA’s mission.

MCBA’s equipment and studios are available to rent in half-hour increments. Fees depend on the equipment rented. MCBA requires all equipment renters to be trained specifically for the equipment they wish to use. This means attending one of MCBA’s frequently offered training classes (see the class schedule for dates) or arranging a private tutorial. Tutorials are typically one-on-one hands-on workshops with MCBA teaching artists; for more information on scheduling and fees, contact Anna Bredeson, Artist and Adult Programs Director, at abredeson@mnbookarts.org.

Once trained, you will be authorized to rent equipment by scheduling time on the studio calendar, provided such use does not interfere with a scheduled class or event. MCBA reserves the right to require re-training when it deems necessary and to deny use of equipment for any reason.

Rental fees cover the use of black ink, solvents and rags in the print studios, felts and blotters in the paper studios, and hand tools and presses in the bindery. Renters must bring and use their own consumable materials or other supplies and must clean the equipment and area they use. MCBA strives to maintain equipment for use in classes and we ask that you help by notifying us if equipment malfunctions. Rental fees may be waived during participation in specified courses to complete projects. MCBA members receive a 10 percent discount on hourly rental fees.

Equipment Rental Fees (half-hour minimum):

  • Letterpress: $30 per hour
  • Screenprinting: $30 per hour
  • Darkroom: $15 per hour
  • Typesetting:$20 per hour
  • Hollander or Reina beater: $15 per hour
  • Papermaking equipment: $20 per hour
  • Binding & Cutting equipment: $20 per hour

Please contact The Shop at MCBA at 612-215-2520 for details or additional pricing for private studio rentals.

Following is a list of equipment available at Minnesota Center for Book Arts:

Letterpress equipment

8 Vandercook proof presses: a Universal I, a Universal III, 2 219’s, 2 No. 4’s, an SP20 and an SP25
2 19th century iron hand presses
1 Showcard sign press
4 platen presses
A well-stocked composing room with wood and lead type
An InterFlex BV photopolymer platemaker
2 light tables (1 lg, 1 sm)

Bindery equipment

3 guillotine cutters
3 paper cutters
2 Jacques board shears
5 Nipping presses
8 Standing presses
1 paper drill
3 Kwikprint hot stamping presses
1 backing press
11 Book cradles
7 Sewing frames
1 spiral binder
A variety of hand tools

Papermaking equipment

2 hydraulic presses
Various Western and Japanese papermaking moulds
1 one-pound Valley beater
1 two-pound Reina beater
1 traditional Japanese formation vat
1 Industrial burner cooking station
1 Japanese dryer

Other equipment and supplies

Marbling equipment and supplies
Wood engraving tools and inks
Calligraphy tools
Leather tooling equipment
Screenprinting equipment, emulsions, exposure unit, power washer
Etching presses
Alternative photographic technique supplies