CBA is open to the public Monday
through Friday, 10am to 6pm, and
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. The
Center is closed on Sundays.
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10001
Phone (212) 481-0295
How to Find the Center
The Center for Book Arts is located at 28 West 27th Street, between 6th and Broadway.
(Broadway is East of 6th Avenue in this neighborhood.)
To reach the Center by Subway you can:
Take the N or the R train to 28th Street and Broadway
Take the F train to 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.
Take the 6 train to 28th and Lexington Avenue.
Take the 1 or 9 train to 28th Street and 7th Avenue.
You can also take the B, D, Q and F trains to 34th and 6th Avenue (Herald Square).
Take the 2, 3, or 7 to 34th Street
To reach the Center by Bus you can:
Take the M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, M7, M10
buses or crosstown buses M23 & M34.
From Outside the City:
PATH trains to 33rd Street and 6th Avenue.
Amtrak and NJT to Penn Station (34th Street and 7th Avenue).
MetroNorth trains to Grand Central Station. Then take the downtown 6 train to 28th Street and Lexington Avenue.
29 West 28th Street,
between Broadway and 6th
Avenue. Enter on 28th
Street or Broadway.
6th Avenue between 29th
and 30th Streets.
101 West 23rd Street,
near 6th Avenue.
1251 Broadway, near 31st
39 West 23rd Street,
between 5th and 6th
The Center for Book Arts is home to Lizzie the cat.
The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to preserving the traditional crafts of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object.
Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world. Its work is channelled through five program areas: exhibitions related to the arts of the book; lectures on topics of interest to book artists and craftspeople; a modest publication schedule; services to artists, both established and emerging and, much the most prominent currently, an extensive offering of classes.
Each year the Center offers three terms of courses, workshops and seminars taught by experienced book artists, and providing hands-on training in all aspects of traditional and contemporary bookmaking, including bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking
, and other associated arts.
The classes and workshops taught at the Center are ideal for artists interested in producing works in the book format, as well as for teachers who want to develop skills to incorporate into the classroom experience. Librarians and book conservators have also benefitted from our classes, as have numerous amateurs of the book keen to discover for themselves the techniques which contribute to the creation of the objects of their affection.
CBA courses are designed to offer the very best book arts instruction available, and to accommodate varying levels of skill and experience, as well as different timetables. Scheduled as weekday and weeknight sessions, weekend workshops, and week-long intensive courses, they provide: a teaching staff of very experienced artists; limited class enrollment so as to allow extensive exchange between instructor and student; a fully-equipped bindery and letterpress
printshop; and a very wide variety of options.
Over the years, the Center has trained and educated thousands of people, as the faculty and facility have attracted artists and students from many backgrounds and all parts of the United States, as well as many other countries.
The Center provides services to artists, including intern, artists-in-residence, and apprentice programs, and maintains an artists' slide registry, and its printshop and bindery are used by artists to create new works reflecting centrures of craft tradition. With the support of numerous benefactors„foundations, government agencies, corporations, individual
contributoirs, and more than 800 members worldwide„the Center for Book Arts ensures that the ancient crafts of the book, that container which preserves and presents the knowledge and ideas of a culture, remains a viable and vital part of our civilization.