BookLab

BookLab Graphic Logo: Image of a book, open, with pages ruffling from the center to the right side

Four images: setting type; platen press; people examining a medieval manuscript page of musical notation and text; book that combines

BookLab is Maryland English’s dedicated space for the study of the codex book in all of its material, historical, cultural, and imaginative diversity.

It is a makerspace, a studio, a library, and a community press.

BookLab's resources include two hand-presses for letterpress printing (one modelled on the Gutenberg-era screw press and one a 19th century Victorian parlor press), nearly a dozen drawers of lead type and ornaments in various sizes and styles, a 3-D printer, tools and hardware for bookbinding and paper-making, sensors, circuitry, and paper computing materials (like conductive thread and thermochromic ink), two iPads, and a collection of several hundred artists' books, experimental books, chapbooks, zines, historical artifacts, and books about books.

We host classes (please inquire), run workshops, organize talks and symposia, and maintain regular open houses during which anyone may drop by and consult with us or use or facilities and equipment.

 

Location: Tawes 3248

Spring 2019 Hours:

Monday 11-2, 3-6 | Tuesday 11-3 | Wednesday 9-11, 3-5 | Thursday 9-11, 3-5

Email: BookLab@UMD.EDU | Twitter and Instagram: @UMD_BookLab

One-Pager for Download: PDF icon booklab_one-pager.pdf

Our Online Catalog: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/umd_booklab

Upcoming Events

What can I do there?
  • Learn fundamentals of book history and physical and descriptive bibliography
  • Set letterpress type and print on two different kinds of tabletop presses
  • Experiment with 3-D printing, electronic sensors, circuitry, and other tactile computing elements
  • Engage in papermaking, bookbinding, and other elements of the traditional book arts, as well as zines and zine-making
  • Touch a sheet of 15th-century vellum, or a book printed with waterproof pages, or a page printed in Braille
  • Explore our library of several hundred artist’s books, experimental books, and books about books
  • Participate in talks and workshops from visiting artists and scholars

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BookLab was co-founded and is co-directed by Matthew Kirschenbaum and Kari Kraus; they are assisted by Mal Haselberger and Britt Starr.