Book Making Workshops

Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is excited to announce two new workshops that are free and open to the public.

Attendees will have a chance to view a selection of rare books from Special Collections in addition to gaining hands-on experience in simple book making techniques. Beginners are welcome and all materials will be provided.

Book Binding
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Special Collections, Olin Library – Level One

Come view amazing bindings from the rare book collections, with books from the 15th century to the present, for inspiration to create a binding of your own. Attendees will learn a simple binding technique that is easy to replicate at home. Using blank pages and some thread, you will create an artists’ notebook that is a perfect pocket size for carrying with you whenever inspiration strikes!

Sign up for the Book Binding Workshop


Tunnel Books
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Special Collections, Olin Library – Level One

Tunnel books, also known as a “peep shows,” originated in the mid-18th century and mesh storytelling with 3-dimensional art. As a moveable book related to pop-up books, tunnel books are made of a series of layered sheets to create the illusion of depth. Though they can look complicated, tunnel books are great for beginners! View the historic and contemporary tunnel books in special collections and create one of your own. Learn more about tunnel books.

Sign up for the Tunnel Books Workshop

Both workshops will be held in the Special Collections on the first floor of the Olin Library. We hope to see you at one or both workshops! For questions, email

Funding for the workshops generously provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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