Bookbinding

Bookbinding Courses in London

City Lit bookbinding provides a comprehensive range of traditional and contemporary taught and workshop-based courses at all levels from beginner to advanced. Students studying on our courses can develop skills in traditional bookbinding, gold tooling, paper marbling, historic and experimental book structures and contemporary fine binding.

Students interested in book arts can explore both classic and innovative techniques and structures to produce unique books and editions. For students who wish to study conservation and repair, we have classes covering paper repair, the conservation and repair of cloth, leather and vellum books, hand tooling and machine blocking.

We run evening, daytime and weekend classes in our purpose-built studio that is well equipped with presses, guillotines, and hand tools and our courses are taught by tutors, who are skilled practitioners, industry specialists and experts in the fields of bookbinding, book arts, fine design binding, conservation and repair.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

Browse our range of bookbinding courses in London below to choose your perfect option.

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  1. Try it out: bookbinding
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making an attractive book to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Try it out: bookbinding conservation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nesta Davies
    Discover the tools, materials and skills involved in book repair and conservation while trying out some basic techniques on paper, book cloth and board. No bookbinding experience required and a chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  3. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  4. City Lit fine binding
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kathy Abbott
    A unique, higher level course enabling you to make a full leather binding with a strong creative element. Learn specialist techniques such as: leather-jointed endpapers, guarding, edge gilding/decoration, tool sharpening, hand paring, covering, inlays/onlays and doublures. Not suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £1,379.00 Senior fee £1,103.00 Concession £896.00
  5. Bookbinding: notebooks and folders
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    Learn to make single sheet folded books, a simple multi-section sewn book and a folded slipcase. This weekend



    course is an opportunity to make an exciting range of notebooks and folders and learn some useful bookbinding



    techniques. Suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  6. Beginners' bookbinding
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Start your bookbinding journey with this accessible, 6 week introduction to techniques and structures. Learn how to make simple folded books progressing to a more complex stitched binding and explore the world of handmade books.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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  7. City Lit bookbinding
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Step into bookbinding with this three-term course. Learn essential techniques and develop skills in using tools and materials to produce your own work. A stimulating, challenging and comprehensive introduction for beginners.
    Full fee £1,159.00 Senior fee £927.00 Concession £753.00
  8. Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    Ideal if you have some bookbinding conservation experience and want to develop your skills further by working on your own projects with advice and guidance. Each term will include demonstrations that focus on a different aspect of book conservation.
    Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £375.00 Concession £305.00
  9. Book conservation and repair: paper and cloth-bound books
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Spain
    Learn about the cleaning, repair and conservation of paper in flat documents and in book format, and the repair and conservation of paper and cloth-bound books. For those with some bookbinding experience.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  10. Bookbinding: 10 projects for beginners
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ina Baumeister
    An exciting range of graded projects to introduce you to bookbinding. Come armed with enthusiasm and walk away with a stack of small books and a heap of information on materials, tools and techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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  11. City Lit bookbinding: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gavin Moorhead
    An intermediate-level course for students with some experience. Learn new skills and techniques. Develop and build on existing knowledge in traditional and contemporary bookbinding, including leather paring and fine binding.
    Full fee £609.00 Senior fee £487.00 Concession £396.00
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  12. Bookbinding: gold tooling on leather
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tracey Rowledge
    This course is a great introduction to gold-tooling and the creative use of the medium. Learn how to gold tool on leather with various hand tools, using BS Glaire and gold leaf. All levels welcome.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  13. Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    Explore the elegant sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, sew traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  14. Hand marbled paper
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Royston Haward
    Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns. Suitable for all levels.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
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  15. Bookbinding: box making
    Course start date:  Mon 7 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Learn how to make slipcases and clamshell boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth and board to complete beautiful containers to house your books and objects.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £233.00
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