Bindery Update

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order is in effect until 4-7-20

We will not be available for face-to-face meetings until after the Stay-At-Home Order is lifted. However, we are glad to discuss your book orders on the telephone. We will be available at 317 636-5606 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You may also contact the bindery via email at If you have questions or concerns about your current order or a future order, please do not hesitate to reach out. Be safe and take care.

Book Restoration Class – April 17th and 18th

Friday, April 17th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 18th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hr. lunch break

Bring in one thru-fold sewn, hard cover book in need of some care and learn how to restore it in this two-session workshop. The class will have discussion, demonstrations, and instruction on how to repair your book. From paper mending to remaking a hardcover, the class will be led by our restoration bookbinder with over 15 years of experience restoring books and Bibles.
All supplies included. Class size is limited.
Class Fee: $175
To register, click on the button below, or you can email :, or call: 317-636-5606 to reserve your place. Note, this class fills up fast with a maximum class size of four.

Look for the stitches in some of the folds of your book that needs repair.

Preserving Memories and Family Histories

Dear National Library Bindery,
I talked on the phone yesterday about how much we appreciated the excellent work that was done to restore my sister-in-law’s family Bible. It was the Bible that had the cover in pieces, etc (really thick, Victorian looking and was approximately 100 years old). My sister-in-law and my brother were so excited to see it restored and were so thankful that it was able to be restored; her uncle had passed the Bible on to her, so we then took it and showed it to him; he just kept looking at it and touching it and said that it was beautiful.

I had the restoration work done as a gift and I just wanted to again express my ‘thank you’ for taking such care in the work you do. I appreciate all that you do to help people preserve their memories and family histories and the genuine interest you show while doing this. You are the best and I am happy to tell others about your services.

Thank you again so much,


Encore for an Heirloom

An email from a customer:
My grandmother used this piano book and now my daughter is using it. Some of the pages are coming loose and I have even resorted to gorilla tape on the side. Is this something that you might be able to repair so that we can keep this heirloom?
Thank you,


We have worked on several music books recently. The key is that the book should still open flat after any repair. The pages that are coming apart are mended and then sewn through fold and reattached to the textblock so they still open flat. The original cover could not be saved, especially with the tape over the spine, so we replicated it with black imitation leather spine and grey bookcloth sides. The original stamping was recreated on the spine and on the front.

The result:
Trudy was very happy that her daughter can now play her grandmother’s music for many years to come.

Before you resort to using tape, bring your heirloom book in to discuss the best methods to ensure years of continued use.