Study the history, care, and use of written, printed, and digital materials at Rare Book School this summer.

Rare Book School (RBS) is accepting applications on a rolling basis for our five-day, intensive courses on manuscript, printed & digital materials. With world-class instruction and resources, and an emphasis on hands-on experience, RBS can teach you to see books in new ways.

This summer, our courses will be held at the University of Virginia, Yale University, the University of Philadelphia, the Library of Congress, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

Of particular interest to the UVA Arts community may be our courses on the history typography, binding, papermaking, and illustration processes. Several courses still have seats open, including:

Contact us at or call 434-924-8851 if you have questions about course availability or about RBS in general. Visit for our full schedule, course details, evaluations by past students, and instructions for applying.

We recommend submitting your application(s) as soon as possible.

We hope to see you at an RBS course soon!

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