Below is a list of bookbinding books that I have enjoyed and think you might too. Often, you can find these at your local library, or local bookstore, and many of them can be found in the San Francisco Center for the Book reference library. If you are a member of the Guild of Book Workers, you can also borrow from their extensive library.

If you click on the photos of books, you will be directed to the Amazon page for that book. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Within the descriptions, I have listed additional websites where these books can be found, including Oak Knoll Press, known for publishing books about books.

Keith Smith’s Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue Volume 1

This was one of my very first books on bookbinding, and it was and still is a great resource with excellent detailed diagrams. There are two other volumes in the series. Available through Keith Smith Books and Amazon.

Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings 

Non Adhesive Binding, Vol. 3: Exposed Spine Sewings

Headbands: How to Work Them by Jane Greenfield and Jenny Hille

The latest version of this book is called Endbands from East to West: How to Work Them. It is available through Oak Knoll Press and Amazon.

This book is an invaluable and authoritative resource for making all sorts of endbands. There are a couple copies in the reference library at San Francisco Center for the Book.

Books, Boxes & Wraps: Binding and Building Step-by-Step by Marilyn Webberley

This book has a great variety of projects with very clear instructions. Available through Amazon.

The Thames and Hudson Manual of Book Binding by Arthur Johnson

Available through Amazon.

Bookbinding & Conservation by Hand: A Working Guide by Laura S. Young

Available through Oak Knoll Press and Amazon.