Support the ABM

The American Bookbinders Museum is grateful for patrons who support our museum and help our collections grow. Your generosity will help us build exhibitions and support our literary calendar of artists and authors within our community.

Ways to support our mission:

  • Become a member of the museum. Membership includes free admission, a 10% discount in the museum bookstore, invitations to museum openings and special events, and the museum’s quarterly e-newsletter.
  • One time or recurring contributions of any specified amount—donate today
  • Gifts of collections for our library, archives and equipment (see our list of museum needs)
  • Volunteer your time with us and learn the fascinating world of bookbinding in the 19th century


The museum’s success is dependent upon individuals who are excited and committed to books, book arts and literary history. There are many ways you can be involved in helping to realize the vision. We have a unique model of crowdsourcing our exhibits, tours, and programs. So everyone’s voice and contribution is welcome, ensuring that we cultivate a passionate community of artists and bibliophiles.

Current Identified Needs


Museum tours are led with the bookbinder in mind. Docents demonstrate the machinery and tools while sharing the history of binderies, bookbinders and the equipment. Read more »

Research Volunteer

This is an exciting way to dive into bookbinding history and contribute to the development of the museum’s training materials and tour development. Read more »

Content Volunteers

As a content writer, volunteers help develop weekly ABM blog posts, monthly newsletters and additional content for the museum’s web and print publications. Topics include a variety of subjects such as historical research, community updates, and noteworthy museum events. Read more »

Ongoing Needs


Research and write timely pieces for our blog and newsletter.

Library and Archive

Support the cataloging of our rich collection.


Help us build a tour around a theme of interest to you.


Help out regularly in the back office with administrative tasks.


Help us raise funds and diversify our funding sources.

You Tell Us

We are always looking for great people who can help in all ways!

Interested? Let Us Know

We are thrilled you are interested! Please help us get to know you by filling out the form below. We will be in touch!