Book Model Collection at the UI Conservation Lab

four people looking at a book model on a table in front of shelves with other book models

Gary Frost discusses a book from the model collection with students.

Bookbinding models exemplify and demonstrate the various mechanisms of books. They range from practical to experimental and may reproduce traditional bookbinding techniques of various cultures. Bill Anthony, past conservator of the University of Iowa Libraries, was known for his replicas or models of historical bindings. Works created by lab staff and students beginning with Anthony form the core of this collection, which includes a wide range of binding techniques: historic, modern, wooden board, and monastic binding.

View the Book Model Collection online in the Iowa Digital Library

View detailed descriptions and photographs for many of the 148 items in the Iowa Digital Library or contact us to make an appointment to view the extensive collection of historical binding models on site.


This photos shows the book model collection room with bookshelves of binding models and an oval conference table.

Book Model Collection and resource library in the current UI Libraries Conservation Lab.