Bookbinding Core and Secondary Core Certificate Programs

In response to the CDC's call for social distancing and San Francisco's shelter-in-place order, San Francisco Center for the Book will be closed to the public until it is safe to reopen. All Bookbinding Core and Secondary Core classes are on hold. For updates on our reopening status and news about rescheduled workshops please subscribe to our newsletter.

San Francisco Center for the Book’s Bookbinding Core and Secondary Core Certificate Programs are structured to allow for scheduling flexibility and advanced study opportunities while offering students a comprehensive foundation in bookbinding. These Core Certificate programs offer personal attention from master teachers and access to our well-equipped bindery.

Finding details and enrolling in this program is simple:

STEP #1 - Click here to read the Program Guide.

STEP #2 - Review the schedule below.

STEP #3 - To receive a discount * either register for a weeklong intensive or register for an entire series at once via phone (415-565-0545) or in-person.

*Early Bird Special: Students who sign up for the full workshop series by the deadline will receive a reduced rate of $795 (vs. $950 full price). 

*Full Series Special: Students who sign up for a full 4-workshop series of winter classes by the deadline may do so at the reduced rate of $850. To receive this discount, register via phone (415-565-0545) or in-person.

Questions? Contact us at sends e-mail) or 415-565-0545.

Bookbinding Core Schedule

BOOKBINDING CORE 1 :: Coptic Binding

BOOKBINDING CORE 2 :: Flat-Back Case Binding

BOOKBINDING CORE 3 :: Limp Paper Binding

BOOKBINDING CORE 4 :: Rounded Back Cloth Binding

BOOKBINDING CORE 1-4 :: Weeklong Intensive

Bookbinding Secondary Core Schedule

Secondary Core workshops may have prerequisites. Click on each session for prerequisite details.

Restoration & Repair

Box Making

Leather Bookbinding

Visiting Instructor Workshop Schedule* 

*Please note: these workshops are open to students with varying levels of bookbinding experience. Click on a below workshop to find out more.