The Bindery

Among the finer things in life there are few luxuries that can provide the same lasting pleasure as a beautifully bound book. With this in mind Ian Barnes founded Temple Bookbinders in 1994.

Our team of experts have a wealth of knowledge and skill within the fields of bookbinding and paper conservation. At Temple Bookbinders we pride ourselves in continuing the proud tradition of binding books entirely by hand, it is our passion to keep these increasingly rare skills alive and  flourishing in Oxford, and as such we have taken the initiative to fund and support trainees to maintain these craft skills for the future.

We rebind, restore and conserve books for UK institutions including libraries and universities as well as undertaking commissions for private individuals. Our worldwide client base ranges from private collectors to academics and international university students.

Using a wide range of traditional book binding materials, including calf and goat skin, vellum, linens and cloth, we can design, recreate or conserve a binding, while our large collection of traditional hand tools, still heated over stoves in the traditional manner, can finish a book in hundreds of different styles.

In 2009 we relocated to our current address, a purpose built hand bindery with modern facilities for the staff , as well as CCTV, alarm monitoring for intrusion and fire detection and of course full business insurance to give you peace of mind while your books are in our care.

For further information please contact us on + 0044 1865 451940.

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