Book Repair and Restoration


18 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn a number of common restoration techniques. Work on your own projects under supervision of an experienced teacher. This course is a continuation of Bookbinding - Introduction. You will undertake practical exercises in bookbinding and finishing to an intermediate/advanced level, depending on ability. Tools and equipment in the bindery are available to use as needed for projects.

Course content

  • Assessing a Book
  • Dissection of a Book
  • Cleaning a spine
  • Resewing
  • Repairing a hollow
  • Toning
  • Corner Stiffening and infilling
  • Headcap Repair andBoard Reattachment
  • Hinge/Joint repair
  • Paper Repair


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


You should have completed Bookbinding - Introduction or have a sound understanding of book structure.

Materials supplied

Basic materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. All hand tools are available for use during class time. .

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking. A USB flash drive for transferring and storing files.

Additional notes

Students are advised to bring a few books on the first evening to be assessed and worked on the duration of the course.

Suited to

Students who have a strong interest in bookbinding and Book repair.


In this course the projects are self-paced and the outcome reflects the individual’s selection of projects.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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