Midland Branch Library

At the end of January 2018 the Branch received a donation of books from the estate of a bookbinder. Initially we thought we would use them as raffle prizes or put them into the next fund raising auction. However, we have decided to do something different. We are establishing a library for the use of the members.

Of course this raises some problems. Where do we store the books? How do members get to use them? The storage problem has been solved, the Leicester Bookbinding Group are going to store them for us along with their own library. How do members get to use them is slightly more difficult. If you want to borrow a book from the library you need to request it at least two weeks prior to a branch meeting. If the book is available it will be brought along to the next branch meeting where you can collect it. Alternatively you can have it posted to you but there will be a charge for this to cover the costs involved. You will have to then post it back to the secretary when you return the book.

You can borrow any book from the library for up to eight weeks or two branch meetings, whichever is greater. For instance if you take a book out at the November members meeting you will not have to return it till the March branch meeting, which is way more than eight weeks.

There will be some system of fines for overdue books but at the moment the committee has not worked out how these will be set. This will be sorted out at our next committee meeting in May.

If you wish to borrow a book, please do so using the form at the bottom of this page. Requests to borrow books will be dealt with on a first come first serve basis. If a book is not available for you it will be reserved for you and you will be informed when it becomes available.

We do not have any funds spare to buy books for the library, however, we would like to expand the library. If you have any books on bookbinding or related topics that you do not want, please consider donating them to the library. It does not matter if we already have a copy, an extra copy means more members can borrow it.

A list of books in the library follows:


Bookbinding for Beginners - John Cordery

A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique - Bernard C Middleton

Book Collecting, More Letters to Everyman - Percy H Muir

Bookbinding and the Care of Books - Douglas Cockrell

Buchninden und Papperbeiten - Friethold Morf & Eva-Maria Leszner (German)

Modern Design in Bookbinding - Edgar Mansfield

Creative Bookbinding - Pauline Johnson

Bookbinding by Hand - Laurence Town

Non-Adhesive Binding Vol 1, Books without paste or Glue - Keith A Smith

Introducing Bookbinding - Ivor Robinson

Bookbinding - Jeff Clements

Modern Bookbinding - Alex J Vaughan

The Tahmes & Hudson Manual of Bookbinding - Arthur W. Johnson

Booklets and Leaflets

The Bookbinder in Eighteenth Century Williamsburg - Williamsburg Craft Series

Dryad Hadicrafts Reparing Books - C S Percival

The Preservation of Leather Bookbindings - H J Plenderleith

Reserve a Book From the Library