Book Arts Laboratory

About the Book Arts Lab

Officially launched in 2020, the Book Arts Lab is a small printing room located in Rare Books and Special Collections. Upcoming workshops will be included on the ROAAr Events page. 

The Book Arts Lab currently houses three functional printing presses: The Columbian, an iron press dating to 1821, making it the oldest of its kind in North America; a Golding Pearl Press (1912); and a Farley British proofing press, made in the 1960s. McGill Library is also very fortunate to hold two additional presses which await restoration: A Stanhope press, manufactured in Britain between 1813-1824; and a Washington press, manufactured by R. Hoe & Co. of New York around 1825.

The William Colgate History of Printing Collection is a complementary library collection on the history and technique of printing; calligraphy and letter forms; design of typefaces and typographical productions; type founding and type founders' specimens and printers' manuals and handbooks, including those for colour printing and paper making.

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