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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.

Special Collections

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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Iowa Bibliophiles: New Acquisitions at Special Collections & Archives

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 7:00pm to 8:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
Enjoy an up close look at rare and unique items joining the Special Collections & Archives collection.
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Paper Artisan Talk and Q&A

Thursday, April 13, 2023 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building
Join the UI Center for the Book and UI International Programs in welcoming Masami Igarashi and Hideaki Taki to the university. Both artisans will be discussing the types of papers they make in their respective studios, as well as their personal background with the craft. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to handle and purchase paper from both mills.
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UICB papermaking
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