Field Trips

Field Trips

SFCB has maintained a book arts youth education program since our inception in 1996. We focus primarily on providing workshops for K-12 and college students, adults, and classroom teachers. We also offer half and full day corporate activity workshops.

For all Field Trip and Adult Visits please contact SFCB at

Planning a Field Trip
A trip to the San Francisco Center for the Book makes a lively introduction to the varied arts and crafts that go into traditional bookmaking. Our typical 2 hour hands-on activities give participants a chance to pull a letterpress print and create an inventive book structure. Please contact us at least 3 weeks prior to your request date to determine availability. Prices vary depending on the size of the group. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a specific date.

Policies for Youth Field Trips: 20 students maximum; one or more chaperons per 10 students is required depending on the age of the students. Pricing on request.

Workshops for Teachers: SFCB offers workshops throughout the year that teach teachers a wealth of book formats to make with their students and suggest opportunities for using handmade books across the curriculum. Check our workshop schedule for current offerings.

Policies for Adult Field Trips and Group Visits

Group Self Guided Tours are free but need to be scheduled in advance.

Basic Adult Tour lasts approximately one hour. This is a tour of SFCB focusing on the group's area of interest and may include a presentation of books produced at SFCB through our Imprint Publications program. Pricing on request.

Basic Adult Tour and Hands-on Activity: 20 participants maximum. 2-3 hours. This includes a tour of SFCB with the hands-on activity focusing on the group's area of interest. Pricing on request.

Half-Day (3-5 hrs) and Full Day (5-8 hrs)Adult/Corporate Activity Trip: 20 participants maximum. This is class-based activity focusing on the group's area of interest. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a specific date. Pricing on request.

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