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Small Books and Zines: Bookbinding

This is a research guide for Mary Lum's Small Books and Zines: The Sequential Image and Word (DRW4267.01) course.

Look at Examples of Bindings

Crossett's artists' books collection has many examples of bindings. Browse the list of structures and let a librarian know which ones you would like to see!

Super Simple Bindings

The Saddle-Stitch a.k.a Staple Binding

  • ​As easy as stapling with a special long arm stapler. Ask for it at the circulation desk! Please don't staple bind with a regular stapler — the results will make everyone sad.

Post Binding

  • Post bindings can be elaborate but the really simple version is standard office supply metal paper fasteners. The two keys to success are using an awl to poke the hole and making sure the front and back covers have a good fold or score before attaching the fasteners so the book can open with ease.

Modified Pamphlet Stitch

Books on Bookbinding