About the Book Arts Institute

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 Letterpress Lab, a fully working 1950’s era letterpress printing lab with platen presses, Vandercooks, cylinder presses, Linotypes and Ludlows, foil stampers and more.

• The Type Lab, complete with nearly 1,000 fonts of wood and lead type, letterpress cuts and all support material for all levels of letterpress instruction.

• The BAI Library, with nearly 8,000 volumes on printing history, typography and design.