Book Arts


Welcome to the Book Arts Institute of the International Printing Museum!

Classes are offered year-round in our extensive facility by extremely knowledgeable industry experts. Click here for our latest listing of offered classes.

Our Gallery and Library offer an exciting glimpse into the world of letterpress printing and is open to all.

Purpose and Vision:
The Book Arts Institute (BAI) at the International Printing Museum (IPM) is a working center for the study and use of traditional and modern printing techniques, book arts, typography and printing-related arts. The Museum houses one of the nation’s largest collection on historical printing presses and equipment as well as a 7,000-volume library covering all facets of printing history, type design, papermaking and book arts.

The Book Arts Institute is comprised of:

• The primary Teaching Lab for classes equipped with tables, supplies, gold-foil stampers, antique book presses and more.

• The Type Lab where letterpress classes and book arts tours are held. The Lab has dozens of cases of wood and lead type, two Vandercooks, a tabletop proofing press and all support material for all levels of letterpress printing.

• The BAI Library

• The BAI Gallery with changing exhibitions