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CCS Artist Book Collection: Book Specifications

This guide is designed to provide members of the CCS community (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) with information about how to contribute to the Artist Book Collection.

Creation Guidelines

  • What are the specifications for the books?
    • CCS Library can provide you with a blank book to unbind, rebind, or alter as long as the final version remains within the original dimensions of 5.5 x 8.5 inches and thinner than 1 inch when closed.
    • Although your book must meet the size and content guidelines outlined here, you are not required to use our book. You must leave a space on the back of the book (2.25 x 0.75 in) for the barcode (for cataloging and tracking), however.
    • You may submit an already created book, zine, etc. so long as it complies with these rules.
    • CCS Library reserves the right to not accept submissions which violate reasonable content standards. Please do not submit projects which glorify discrimination or sexual violence. 
  • Your book should be durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear.
    • These books are intended to be read and handled by Library patrons. Please account for the longevity of materials used, whether because they might smudge (charcoal, pastels) or come undone (organic materials affixed to the pages, glitter), etc.
      • Please be aware that books in this collection cannot be maintained in pristine condition.
    • Do not include hazardous or biohazardous materials (i.e. sharp objects, bodily fluids, etc.).
  • What if I want to create a digital book?
    • You may create a digital book that will be printed in black and white and placed in the physical collection.
    • The final product should be a maximum of 5.5 x 8.5 inches, thinner than 1 inch when closed, and no more than 12 pages. Please keep in mind that printing will be in black and white.
    • You may submit your digital book via this form; there is space to attach a file at the bottom of the form. All digital submissions must be PDFs and no more than 50 mb.

Submission Process

  • How do I get a book from the CCS Library?
    • When you sign up to participate in the Artist Book Collection via this form, you have the option to either select pick up at the Library or request a blank book be sent to the mailing address you provide. 
    • You can also create your own book following the guidelines listed (left).
    • If your book is digital, you may submit it via this form; all digital submissions must be PDFs and no bigger than 50 mb.
  • How can I return my book?
    • You may drop your completed book off at the Library during open hours or mail it to the CCS Library.
    • Please hand your book to a Library staff member; do not put it in the dropbox.
    • If mailing, please use the following address: Library, 201 E. Kirby, Detroit MI 48202.
    • You must fill out this form when submitting your book so we can catalog it accurately.
  • What happens after my book is sent back?
    • After you return your book it must be cataloged, have a barcode attached, and placed in a clear bag for preservation purposes. Only then will it be placed on the shelf; all books submitted by the end of the semester will be available at some point in the following semester.


Spread from Fin de Copenhague (Goodbye to Copenhagen) 
by Jorn Asger and Guy Debord, 1957
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