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Located in Center for Book Arts’ sunny loft space in the Flatiron neighborhood of New York City at 28 W 27th St, 3rd Fl, the printshop and bindery studios have the space and equipment needed to complete a wide variety of book arts projects. You can access the studios by taking an on-site workshop, or by renting time (more info on rentals below).

Everyone who enters CBA is required to show proof of vaccination against the Covid-19 virus and to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while on-site. If you have a religious or medical exemption to the vaccine, please email Executive Director Corina Reynolds at corina@centerforbookarts.org in advance of your visit.


Bindery Equipment

  • Board Shears
  • Guillotine Cutter
  • Several Book Presses
  • Four Standing Backing Presses
  • Several Lying Presses
  • Sewing Frames
  • Scharf Fix Leather Paring Machine
  • 3 Quickprint Hot Stamping machines
  • 2 Kensol Hot stamping Machines, up to 8×10″ chase
  • A large selection of tooling and hot stamping forms
  • Rounding Hammers
  • Newsprint paper

Printshop Equipment

  • Five Vandercook Proofing Presses (Universal 1, Universal 3, Number 4, 219. 10-21)
  • Two Chandler and Price Treadle Operated Platen Presses
  • One table top proofing press
  • Antique Washington Press
  • A large selection of Lead Type Faces
  • A selection of Wood Type Faces
  • Metal and wooden furniture
  • A variety of inks and modifiers
  • Hand brayers
  • Newsprint papers
  • Aprons + rags
  • Type Specimen Book
  • Type Catalogue
printshop filled with movable type and multiple vandercook letterpresses
CBA Letterpress Printshop

Studio Rental Overview

Artists who have completed Center for Book Arts’ Studio Rental Training are invited to rent time in the printshop and bindery studios by the hour, week, or month during our regular business hours.

Monthly renters are granted 24/7 access to the space whereas weekly and hourly renters must book time during our regular business hours: Monday–Thursday, 11am–6pm and Friday & Saturday, 11am–5pm.

Access to all printshop and bindery equipment is included with rental. Renters must provide their own materials, such as paper, boards, and glue, although some items are available for purchase at CBA.

On Wednesdays from 11am–2pm and Sundays from 5:30–8:30pm, there will be a printshop or bindery Steward present to offer basic assistance and to answer questions. Please email studio@centerforbookarts.org to inquire about weeknight supervised printing hours.

To check availability and reserve space in the studios please enter your name on the reservation sheet here, call ahead to 212-481-0295, or email studio@centerforbookarts.org. You can pre-purchase studio time online here.

Rental Rates

Monthly Rental: 

$400 a month for members / $500 a month for non-members.
Includes keys, flat file or shelf, and 24/7 access to studios and equipment.

Weekly Rental: 

$125 a week for members / $150 for non-members.
Includes access to studios during business hours and open hours, or when a staff, steward or instructor is present; storage drawer or shelf for the week.

Hourly Rental: 

$15 an hour for members / $25 an hour for non-members.
Includes access to studios during business hours and supervised hours.

Storage Drawer or Shelf Rental: 

$200 a month for members / $250 for non-members
Additional Storage Drawer: $100
Additional Shelf: $150

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