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Restoration Class – October 13th and 14th

Friday, October 13th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 14th, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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 and demonstrations on how to repair your books. From paper mending to remaking a hardcover, the class will be led by our restoration bookbinder with over 10 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 : nlbco@nlbco.com, or call: 317-636-5606 to reserve your place.

Look for the stitches in the fold of every 16th page to determine if it is a thru-fold sewn book

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Paper Marbling Class – October 10th

Tuesday, October 10, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, R116, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

Paper marbling has a colorful history with many origins and traditions. In Japan, it began around the twelfth century and was called ‘suminagashi’ or ‘ink floating’. In fifteenth century Turkey it was called ‘Ebru’ or ‘cloud art’. As the art of marbling paper slowly spread to Europe in the sixteenth century, the styles and techniques were closely held secrets.

The secrets are revealed in our Paper Marbling Class. Learn the basics of the marbling process, materials, set up, and color mixing to produce your own set of hand-marbled papers in this fun and colorful approach to a classic art form. All supplies included. Class size is limited.

Cost: $40.00  

To register, click on the button below, or you can email : nlbco@nlbco.com, or call: 317-636-5606 to reserve your place.

Participants should wear clothing appropriate for using inks that may not wash out.

Surprise Gift

Good afternoon National Library Bindery,
Well, I am back from our meeting in Toronto and the book was a HUGE success!
He actually cried while looking through it and had to stop and put it away as he didn’t want to become a blubbering fool in front of everyone — LOL!
He said it was the best thing that he has ever received and could not thank me enough! 
Thank you for all your help and hard work to get it done with not very much time.

Warm Regards,
Lorac Communications Inc.
Collingwood, Canada

Textbook Testimonials

Dear National Library Bindery:
We received our books yesterday and we are so impressed with the quality of the rebinds. It has been a pleasure working with you!

Ware County Board of Education
Waycross, Georgia

Hello NLBCO,
The rebound textbooks have arrived and they are beautiful!
Thanks so much,

St. Joseph Public Schools district
St. Joseph, Michigan

Thesis Thanks


Dear Sir or Madam,

You did excellent work binding my IU master’s thesis. I’m emailing to inquire about binding my IU PhD dissertation. I do not live in Indiana anymore, so I would need to email you the pdf. Please let me know if I can place an order via email, have you print and bind, and then have the finished dissertation shipped to me. Your company did such a fine job binding my thesis, I don’t want to trust my dissertation to anyone else!

B. E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Boston, Massachusetts

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.

Saving Beautiful 1814 Marbled End Sheets

A favorite customer brought in a beautiful book that was over 100 years old and needed a few repairs. We were able to replace the torn cloth hinge guard and save the marbled end sheets. The book is now in great working condition and is ready for many more years of use.






If you have a book that needs repair, call us at 317 636-5606. We can bring new life to your old books so they can enjoyed for many years to come.

A Note from a Customer

open-coveropen-journal-insideDear NLBCo folks, 
Many years ago (about fifteen) I ordered a journal from your company. It was beautiful, with marbled hardboard covers trimmed in fine leather on spine and corners, hand-sewn binding, and  a custom-stamped title. I’ve never found another like it.

The journal you made for me in 2002 has held up amazingly well, through use as both a diary and an outdoor sketchbook (pen and watercolor), and travels all over North America and Europe. Attached are some photos of how it looks today.
I will be calling tomorrow to order another one. I am so grateful that some things don’t change.

With best regards,
Lafayette, CA

Call or email to explore the options for creating a custom journal, for you or for someone special. Since we make every book by hand, there are very few limitations. – 317 636-5606 or nlbco@nlbco.com

Traditional Craftsmanship Available Today

We recently finished binding the legislative records for the Commonwealth of Kentucky to match their distinctive and durable bookbinding standards.Center Shelf_sm2

The National Library Bindery Company has the expertise and equipment required to fulfill this demanding level of traditional craftsmanship.6 in 1-600

Call on the bookbinding experts at National Library Bindery Company for beautiful books that are bound to stand the test of time. Telephone – 317 636-5606, E-mail – nlbco@nlbco.com