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Book Arts Program

The covers of a book enclose worlds constructed of text and image. To open a book is to expose the intimate details of story, experience and idea. Part of the J. Willard Marriott Library since 1995, the Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of the book. In our fully equipped studio, bookbinders, printers, and book artists utilize type, letterpress, photo engravings and bookbinding equipment as they combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics and technology.

The Book Arts Program promotes involvement with the art of the book by facilitating:

  • Academic designations of Minor and Certificate in Book Arts and MFA in Creative Writing & Book Arts which are supported by classes exploring letterpress printing, bookbinding, artists' books, and typography
  • Community Programming for adults and the K-12 community of learners and educators
  • Exhibitions that celebrate and explore both the traditional and innovative arts of the book
  • Studio access for those who have completed foundation courses


Upcoming Event!

Image of a marbled paper by Pam Smith

Print Appreciation Drop-in Session!
November 11, 1:00PM-8:00PM
J. Willard Marriott Library, Book Arts Studio

Come help the Book Arts Program celebrate letterpress printing! With a variety of printing plates and type locked-up on the presses, guest printers (that's you!) can create cards from modular elements overprinted to match individual taste. We invite the public to drop in and print as many cards as time or wallet will allow at $5/card or $3 for $10.00.


Studio Hours

Fall Semester

  • Monday: 10am – 9pm
  • Tuesday: 10am – 2pm / 5pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
  • Thursday: 10am – 2pm / 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday: 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Fall Break Hours
10/10-10/15: 10am – 5pm

Closure/Limited Access Dates

Studio Closed
Monday, September 5 (Labor Day)
Thursday & Friday, November 24-25 (Thanksgiving)
Tuesday October 4, closed 10-12 for class

No Print Shop access
Friday, November 11 (Print Appreciation Fundraiser)

No Classroom access
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 10-12:40

Related Links

Rare Books

Red Butte Press

Special Collections

 Last Modified 9/14/16