Visiting the Center

The Jaffe Collection is open to researchers Monday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, by appointment. For those who wish to learn more about the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, a 60-minute tour is offered each week on Wednesdays at 3:00. These set tours are lead by JCBA student assistants. No reservations are required, but we do ask that you arrive on time. Visitors should park in metered parking in the library parking lot.

Group Tours

JCBA is a favorite destination for community groups of all kinds, and we'd be delighted to plan an entertaining and engaging tour for your group, too. Groups of 8 to 24 are ideal, but we can make accommodations for larger groups, too. These sessions begin with a screening of a 25-minute video about JCBA and the Book Arts, followed by a presentation of artists' books from the Jaffe Collection.

There is no admission charge for a tour; your financial support, however, fuels our mission. Donations to the Jaffe Support Fund are used to bring new artists' books into the Collection, while donations to the JCBA Education Fund support the educational programs that the Center provides to students and the regional South Florida population. We can also split your donation between the two funds, should you wish. All of our programs are entirely self-supporting, so your support is crucial and greatly appreciated. FAU Foundation, Inc. is a not for profit agency, so your donations are tax-deductible.

Tours generally last about 90 minutes. For groups of up to 18, we can also include a hands-on bookmaking project. Each person will operate our Vandercook 4 printing press and bind a book of their own in a simple single pamphlet stitch. Sessions that include this hands-on aspect generally run about three hours. A materials fee of $8 per person is required for the print and book project, and should be considered a fee in addition to your donation to the center.

Should you wish to make a day of it, there are plenty of great restaurants nearby at University Commons (just across Glades Road from the FAU entrance), and there are quite a few dining options right here on the FAU campus, including Starbucks, the Breezeway Food Court and the Student Union, all in walking distance. There are two art galleries on campus, as well.

If you're interested in scheduling a tour, please email John Cutrone, JCBA Director, and include your name and phone number and an estimate of how many people would be joining your tour. We will get back to you with scheduling options.

University Class Visits

JCBA is a rich educational resource, and we're here to support the academic mission of Florida Atlantic University. Professors may be surprised by what we have to offer: While our connections to Visual Art and Literature are obvious, the artists' books in our collection cover a broad spectrum of topics. Just as there is no limit to what interests artists, so there is no limit to the subject matter of artists' books, and we're pretty confident we can put together an engaging and entertaining presentation of artists' books for your class, no matter what your subject. Oftentimes our goal is just to help your students see things a little differently than they would if left to their own devices. We do this through artists' books. As such, the Jaffe Collection is an excellent resource for development of critical thinking skills.

JCBA is a rich educational resource, and we're here to support the academic mission of Florida Atlantic University. Professors may be surprised by what we have to offer: While our connections to Visual Art and Literature are obvious, the artists' books in our collection cover a broad spectrum of topics. Just as there is no limit to what interests artists, so there is no limit to the subject matter of artists' books, and we're pretty confident we can put together an engaging and entertaining presentation of artists' books for your class, no matter what your subject. Oftentimes our goal is just to help your students see things a little differently than they would if left to their own devices. We do this through artists' books. As such, the Jaffe Collection is an excellent resource for development of critical thinking skills.

If you're interested in scheduling a class visit, please email John Cutrone, JCBA Director, and tell us the name of your course as well as an estimate of how many students would be visiting. We will get back to you with scheduling options.

If you are a professor from another institution, we are here for you, as well. We regularly see classes from Palm Beach State College, Broward College, and have served classes from Barry University, Lynn University, the University of Miami, Florida International University... and even classes from as far away as Sam Houston University in Texas as part of that university's Graphic Arts department's tour of Miami.