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

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

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Curator Guided Tour with Eric Ensley and Emily Martin

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:00pm to 5:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join co-curators Eric Ensley and Emily Martin for a special guided tour of the Making the Book, Past and Present exhibition in the Main Library Gallery! All are welcome to attend this free event.    About the exhibit:    Making the Book, Past and Present explores the intersections of history, art, and practicality. What can we learn by placing books, materials, and makers from the Middle Ages through today in conversation with one another? Many techniques and materials common centuries ago...
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Books at Hand: A Tactile Pop-Up

Monday, March 18, 2024 1:00pm to 3:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Join the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Archives and the Main Library Gallery for a chance to interact with historic books and the materials that make them. From parchment and papyrus samples to real medieval manuscripts, learn more about these types of items and how to handle them during this pop-up event. Drop in any time between 1-3 p.m. at Group Area D in the Main Library's Learning Commons. After spending some time with historic materials at this event, stop over to...
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