Bookbinding Lab

Tuesdays: 5–9pm or Saturdays: 10am–4pm CT
Experience required

Bookbinding Lab provides access to basic binding tools, hot foil stamping machines, and large tables. Work on your own projects alongside other artists in a friendly and supportive environment. Fee includes some consumables (small amounts of thread and PVA); supply your own book board, cloth, paper, and other needs.

For those interested in using cutting equipment to cut stacks of paper with a guillotine or large sheets of paper on a board shears, please register for Bookbinding Lab: Cutting Equipment.

Experience required: Prior training using the bindery tools and equipment you’d like to use (bonefolders, olfa knives, awls, hot foil stamping machine, etc.) is required to register. If you need introductory experience in bookbinding to register for future Bookbinding Labs, register for Bookbinding 1, offered every three or four months. For training on safe and effective use of hot foil stamping machines, register for Hot Foil Stamping on Kwikprint Machines (offered about once each year) or inquire about a one-to-one tutorial.

Registration closes 24 hours in advance. Instructions on how to enter MCBA for Studio Lab will be sent in a confirmation email once registration is complete. 

All in-person program participants are required to  wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. See our Covid Safety Guidelines for more information.

Tuesdays: 5–9pm CT
$35 (10% member discount)
$18 for BIPOC participants (10% member discount)

Tuesday, December 13; 5–9pm CT

Tuesday, January 10; 5–9pm CT

Tuesday, January 17; 5–9pm CT

Tuesday, January 24; 5–9pm CT


Saturdays: 10am–4pm CT

$50 (10% member discount)
$25 for BIPOC participants (10% member discount)

Saturday, January 7; 10am–4pm CT

We are offering a scholarship rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarship rates available.