The Rutgers Book Initiative provides a home for talks and workshops on the history of the
book. Starting in Fall 2019 we will begin to build a collection of primary and secondary sources for the teaching of book history, including damaged books for hands-on dissection. We also work with the Honors College to develop a book arts makerspace. We support graduate and undergraduate classes that draw on the letterpress at Mason Gross School as well as on library collections in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia. We are developing “tool swapping” through teaching exchanges within and beyond Rutgers, and a graduate
certificate in book history as well as graduate student internships in area libraries.