Save the dates for our workshops

11035978_1201426866549998_9151524391104358858_nOur Summer and Fall class schedule is ready to roll! The Paper Marbling Class is on June 18, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis. The Traditional Hardcover Journal Class is on July 23 & 30, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at J-Sewthe bindery. The Book Restoration Class is on August 3, 10, 17, & 24, 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm at the bindery. The Japanese Binding Class is on October 1, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm also at the bindery.

More details can be found on the ‘Classes’ tab.

Call 317 636-5606 or email to sign-up for a class.

Customer Appreciation

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Managing Director of Alumni Services and Archivist, Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity


Textbook Season Will Soon Begin

BeforeAfterAs another academic year draws to a close, the time is here to collect your school’s tattered textbooks to be renewed at the bindery for additional years of service.

We are pleased to hear the positive feedback for the additional reinforcing to our textbook rebinding process. It appears that these measures have improved textbook durability and provided a better value.

Text drillOur rebound textbooks are stitched with a heavy thread. Other binderies simply glue the pages. A stitched book is considerably stronger and less prone to failure than a glue bound book.

We use high density binders’ board for the covers of rebound textbooks. Many other binderies use low density board. High density board will not bend and crush as easily as low density board. This is especially important for the corners of the cover which are subject to impact in daily use.

Our standard rebinding offers printed covers that resemble the original textbook cover with no minimum quantity required if ordered in May or June. Some binderies require high minimums for printed covers. Covers can also be made with a heavy group F Library Buckram cover material. While this material cannot be printed to match the illustrations of the original cover, its strength and durability are unmatched by any other cover material. A wide array of colors is available to choose from and spines are foil stamped with the title of the book. If you are concerned about longevity, this is an excellent choice.

Cloth StripWe add a cloth reinforcing strip to the top and bottom of the spine inlay to add support to this area of the cover. No other bindery we know of does this.

In addition to the lining around the spine of the text block, we reinforce the cover spine by adding case lining paper to the spine area and on to each of the cover boards. This provides much needed strength at the cover joints, a common point of failure on textbooks.

We are always looking for ways to improve our process to provide greater durability for rebound textbooks.

Contact us today for information on how to submit your textbook order:
317-636-5606 or

Available Now: Cemetery Log

Standard2Our exclusive cemetery log was released last October at the Indiana State Library’s annual Genealogy Show. The log features 34 pages including log sheets to record the genealogical findings during cemetery visits. The log also contains a symbols guide to aid in decoding tombstone symbols you may find as well as a reference to the common tombstone styles you’ll encounter out in the field.

We are excited to announce that National Library Bindery Company Brand Cemetery Logs are now available for purchase at the Indiana Historical Bureau’s Gift Shop located at 140 North Senate Avenue.

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