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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).

Its is strongly encouraged that visitors to CBA be vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged when the space is crowded and during events and classes. If you need a mask, they are available at the front desk.

Bindery Equipment

  • Board Shears
  • Guillotine Paper Cutter 36″
  • Book Presses
  • Backing Presses
  • Lying Presses
  • Sewing Frames
  • Comb Binding machine
  • ScharfFix
  • Quickprint Hot Stamping machines
  • Kensol Hot stamping Machines, up to 8×10″ chase
  • A large selection of tooling and hot stamping forms
  • Rounding Hammers

Printshop Equipment

  • Five Vandercook Proofing Presses (Universal 1, Universal 3, Number 4, 219. 10-21)
  • Two RISO MH9450
  • 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
  • Aprons + rags
  • Type Specimen Book
  • Type Catalogue

Risograph Ink Colors

  • Aqua
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Coral
  • Cornflower Blue
  • Federal Blue
  • Flat Gold
  • Fluorescent Pink
  • Fluorescent Orange
  • Kelly Green
  • Light Grey
  • Light Lime
  • Light Teal
  • Mint
  • Orchid
  • Raspberry
  • Scarlet
  • Sunflower
  • Yellow
printshop filled with movable type and multiple vandercook letterpresses
CBA Letterpress Printshop

Studio Rental Overview

The studios at Center for Book Arts are available to rent by the hour, week or month for artists working independently. Artists wishing to rent the space must have completed Letterpress 1 and 2 and/ or any bookbinding class and are required to take the Studio Rental Training Course. The CBA studios are shared work spaces.

Hourly and Monthly rental options are available.

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


All studio renters are required to be current Center for Book Arts members. Membership costs $60 for one year, $30 for college students. Become a member online here. If the cost of membership presents a financial burden please contact

Studio Ambassadors

Studio Ambassadors are available to answer questions and provide basic assistance to studio renters in the printshop and bindery. The current Ambassador schedule is:

Monday 1 – 5 with Patricia (bindery)

Monday 5 – 9pm with Sidney (printshop)

Tuesday 10 – 2 with Nora (printshop/bindery)

Tuesday 5 – 9 pm with Hadley (bindery)

Wednesday 10 – 2 with Cindy (Riso)

Thursday 5 – 9 with Becca (Riso / print / bindery)

Thursday 1 – 5 with Rhonda (printshop/ bindery)

Saturday 10 -2 with Caslon (Riso / print / bindery)

*Any changes to this schedule will be noted on the studio reservation calendar.


To check availability and reserve space in the studios please enter your name on the reservation calendar here, call ahead to 212-481-0295, or email

If you have taken the CBA Riso Certification please use this Riso request form to schedule a Riso printing session.

Please stop at the front desk or email the studio coordinator to pay for your rental.

Rental Rates

Basic Monthly Rental: 

Includes unlimited access to the studios during business hours.

$250 per month

Key holder Monthly Rental:

For more experienced renters. Includes keys, flat file or shelf, and 24/7 access to studios and equipment.

$400 per month*

* requires a refundable deposit

Hourly Rental: 

Includes access to studios during business hours and supervised hours.

$15 per hour

$80 for 6 hours

$180 for 15 hours

Storage Drawer or Shelf Rental: 

Storage can be added on to any rental type.

Flat File Storage Drawer: $50 per month*
Storage Shelf: $100 per month*

* requires a refundable deposit

For more details about rental types please get in touch at

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