Bookbinding Courses in London & Online

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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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

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  1. Try it out: bookbinding

    Try it out: bookbinding

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Dip your fingers into bookbinding. Learn a little about the history, materials and craft of bookbinding while making a simple binding to take home. A chance to discuss further study in bookbinding at City Lit.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Try it out conservation

    Try it out conservation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 4 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Beginning miniature bookbinding

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the magic of tiny books in this introduction to miniature bookbinding. You will discover the history and appeal of this unique style and make three adorable miniature books to take home. Suitable for beginners.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  4. Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza

    Bookbinding weekend: endband extravaganza

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A weekend packed full of endbands for bookbinding enthusiasts. Learn a little about the history and different styles of endband and try out some for yourself. There will be demonstrations of a range of endbands including multi-coloured, Islamic and ‘Manhattan’ style. Suitable for those with bookbinding experience.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £65.00

  5. Wooden boarded binding

    Wooden boarded binding

    Course Date: Wed 14 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The earliest books were sewn on to wooden boards. On this short course you will learn about early book structures and create a Coptic binding using some historical techniques and materials.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting

    Creative arts for bookbinding III: papercutting

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to manipulate paper into abstract or representational designs. A range of paper cutting and folding techniques encourage you to explore silhouettes, pattern, imagery, colour and scale to develop your own approach. Techniques can be adapted for use in book arts and bookbinding projects to create pages, covers and structures.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. Beginners' bookbinding

    Beginners' bookbinding

    Course Date: Mon 9 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the exciting world of the handmade book in this week-long introduction to the craft of bookbinding. You will be introduced to the tools and materials needed to create folded, simple sewn books and more complex stitched binding with a hard cover.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £289.00
    Concession: £145.00

  8. Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Print, design and bind: a book in a week

    Course Date: Mon 16 Aug 2021
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy a week in the print and book studios and leave with an artist’s book. This course will encourage you to experiment with printmaking techniques and bookbinding structures and help you to develop your initial ideas into a finished work. Some printmaking and/or bookbinding experience may be beneficial but not essential.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

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