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A distinctive degree-granting program that integrates training in book arts practice and technique with research into the history and culture of books.

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Facilities

We offer a wide variety of experiences in bookbinding, letterpress printing, papermaking, lettering arts and more.

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Student Handbook

References for procedures, policies and resources for all UICB students.

Graduate study opportunities

The UICB offers an MFA degree and a graduate certificate in book studies or book arts.

Center news

Fall 2022 at the UICB

Monday, September 12, 2022
We would like to welcome our new cohort of MFA candidates and Certificate students to the UICB.

We did it!

Friday, March 11, 2022
The funds will be dedicated to supporting graduate students, hiring faculty, and creating professional opportunities for UICB artists and scholars.

Making the world larger; The Center nears the end of UICB 2021

Friday, December 3, 2021
The challenge grant generously provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, is nearing its close.

Upcoming events

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The UI Center for the Book presents the Nadia Sophie Seiler Visiting Book Artist: Russell Maret

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 5:30pm
Becker Communication Studies Building
"The Post-Typographic Private Press?" The British private press holds such a strong gravitational pull over the bibliophilic imagination that it is hard to see that there is a thriving private press tradition in the twenty-first century. Appearance has a lot to do with it: the books of today don’t look like the books of the Kelmscott, Doves, Ashendene or other British presses, so surely they don't fall into the same category. But is a private press book designated by its physical attributes or...
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Iowa Bibliophiles--Under the Covers: Exploring Book History with Science

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Virtual
How are the sciences, the humanities, and libraries coming together to discover more about cultural artifacts? Learn more about a group at the University of Iowa bringing 21st century technologies to medieval objects in order to uncover their secrets.
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UICB papermaking
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