Equipment Rental

Equipment Rental

Providing access to equipment is central to MCBA’s mission. There are a variety of ways to access MCBA’s studios: Artist Collective membership, Studio Labs, and equipment rental. For occasional access to equipment, Studio Labs offer low-cost access and socially distanced fellowship with others. For those who need access outside of Studio Labs, MCBA’s equipment is available to rent hourly, by appointment only. 

To schedule an equipment rental, submit a request using the form linked below. Due to staff capacity, rentals must be scheduled in advance. Same-day rentals and walk-ins are not available at this time. We look forward to welcoming you to the studio!

By renting equipment, you agree to read and follow MCBA’s Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols when in our studios. Thank you for keeping yourselves and our community safe and creative!




Letterpress Rental
Includes access to the print shop and use of a press (see list below), access to wood and metal type, light tables, polymer platemaker, solvents, gloves, and rags. Ink is also included in the hourly rate, but for larger editions, we ask individuals to supply their own ink. Individuals should also provide their own paper.


          • Vandercook Universal I (2)
          • Vandercook Universal III
          • Vandercook No. 219 (2)
          • Vandercook No. 4 (2)
          • Vandercook SP20
          • Vandercook SP25
          • 19th century iron hand press (2)
          • Showcard sign press
          • Platen presses (4)
          • Etching press

Bindery Equipment Rental
Includes access to guillotine paper cutter, board shears, Kwikprint foil presses, paper drill, backing press, sewing frames, book cradles, nipping presses, spiral binder, table space, and hand tools.

Screen Printing Rental
Includes access to MCBA’s darkroom and lower level wet studio with power washer, light tables (for exposing screens), squeegees, and screen printing tables. Renters must provide their own paper or fabric, screen, emulsion, and ink.

Papermaking Rental
Includes access to wet studio, including hydraulic press, restraint dryer, Valley beater, Reina beater, cook tops, felts, moulds, and deckles (various sizes). Renters must provide their own pulp.

$20/hr (10% discount for MCBA members)
$10/hr for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)*

*We are offering a reduced 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 reduced rates available.

Required Training
In order to keep people and equipment safe, renters must be fully trained to use MCBA’s equipment. Some MCBA workshops teach skills that prepare individuals to rent equipment on their own (see list below). Individuals with training from other studios or organizations are welcome! Be sure to share your experience when requesting a rental.

If you need training, check out our one-to-one tutorials.

MCBA workshops that serve as prerequisites for equipment rentals:

Letterpress Rental
Letterpress I
and Letterpress II or Polymer Platemaking for Letterpress. After completing these workshops, individuals must take a proficiency exam. To schedule this, contact Molly Poganski ( 

Bindery Equipment Rental
Intro to Binding, Letterpress I

Screen Printing
Introduction to Screen Printing

Intro to European-Style Papermaking, Japanese Papermaking

For questions and to schedule a rental, please fill out the form linked here and via the red button above. Please allow 2–3 business days for a response.