The MacOdrum Library Book Arts Lab is a dedicated experiential learning space located in the heart of Carleton University’s main library. The book arts include bookbinding, letterpress printing, calligraphy, paper making and paper decorating, wood cut relief printing, ink making, quill cutting and more.

Purpose: to enhance the teaching and learning experience of students from all disciplines by introducing them to the book arts and sciences in a practical, “hand-on” manner.

Goal: to allow students to reflect on these antique book building processes, and to spark synthesis illuminating new approaches to contemporary issues and intellectual inquiry.

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What are the Books Arts?

The Book Arts refer to those crafts, trades, philosophies and ideals that relate to the notion of the book. They span the depth and breadth of human civilization and therefore research in the subject touches on most fields, including art, history, art history, literature, the sciences, engineering, architecture, industrial design, library sciences and more.

Book Arts include the physical aspects of the book, its structure, purpose, aesthetics and style, the appearance and message of the text itself, with an emphasis on how all elements of the book create an intellectual and holistic picture of a book’s meaning.

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The Books Arts Lab space and equipment

Tour the Book Arts Lab

Contact the Master Printer to schedule a tour of the Lab.

The Book Arts Lab (234E & 234F) is restricted to 10 persons per room.

Courses Featuring the Book Arts

ENGL 2910 [0.5 credit]
Book Arts Workshop - This experiential learning course immerses students in the practical arts and histories of book production.

ENGL 5120 [0.5 credit]
Book Arts Workshop - This course immerses graduate students in the practical arts and histories of book production. At least part of the course will take place in the Book Arts Lab in MacOdrum Library, where students will acquire skills in printing, bibliography, and/or bookmaking.

ENGL 4135 [0.5 credit]
Studies in Publishing - Topics will vary from year to year.

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