Leiden Book Arts Fair This Weekend

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that moving to the Netherlands has changed my life. I’ve been teaching bookbinding and making books for years, but this year was the first (and the second) time I participated in a proper bookbinding fair.

When we decided to settle in Leiden, I had no idea there is a major book arts fair held here every year in November. Luckily, while I was at the Bookbinders’ Fair in Belgium I was advised by the organizers to check the evenе brought to the public by a joint initiative of the Dutch bookbinding and printing guilds: Stichting Handboekbinden and Stichting Drukwerk in de Marge.

Boekkunstbeurs (Book Arts Fair) will be larger than anything I have seen before (I still have to visit some bookbinding fairs in the US, though.) More than 120 vendors, bookbinders, printers, antiquarian booksellers, and producers of materials will participate in this event!

Among the highlighted new participants is a Scandinavian bookbinder Martin Degn Pedersen with his unique decorative paper and Thomas Braun from the French L’Atelier Folio. Leather producers AJP Leer and Tannerie Parcheminerie Dumas are participating in the fair this year along the other known leather companies like Alran and Harmatan and Oakridge Leathers. Among the tool makers, Wiebke Stenzel is mentioned with her multi-functional presses, along with yours truly.

The fair will take two days, the whole weekend: November 10-11, 2018. It will be held inside the magnificent location of the Pieterskerk – a late-Gothic church dedicated to St. Peter.

Doors open at 10.00 and close at 17.00 each day.

Where to Find iBookBinding?

You will find me at table 119 (marked with a red rectangle). Turn left from the entrance, on the left side of the church chancel.

The full list of participants is available in the following brochure:

Boekkunstbeurs 2016 Photos

Boekkunstbeurs 2013 Photos

Entrance Fees

  • General admission: 6 Euro
  • Stichting Handboekbinden members: 5 Euro
  • Students: 3 Euro
  • Children under 12: free

There will be multiple demonstrations held at the fair. Including workshops suitable for children.

You will find more details on the Stichting Handboekbinden website.


Pieterskerkhof 1a, Leiden

How to Get There?

Pieterskerk is within walking distance (15 minutes) from Leiden Central Station. As another option, you can take a bus to the Breestraat. It’s a short 2-minute walk from there to the Pieterskerk.

There is no parking near the church available. You can park at the Haagweg, 8. Take a free shuttle bus from there to the church (and back).

Photos are provided by the Stichting Handboekbinden

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