BiblioCraft by Jessica Pigza


There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer—both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspire...

Details BiblioCraft

Release DateMar 18th, 2014
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreNonfiction, Art, Crafts, Reference, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews BiblioCraft

  • Elizabeth
    Five stars for concept alone- using library resources to craft and create, guys! It is also worth five stars for the information provided on the different kinds of libraries (branch, research, special collections, digital, national, special, repositories...). Not to mention explaining the importance of library etiquette, policies and systems, library catalogs, call numbers, how to search, recommended library collections, copyright laws, and the w...
  • Allie
    I wish more of these crafts were usable in a library setting. That being said, as a crafter some of these would be really fun. Most are WAAAAAAYYYY too hard, but there are some cool visuals that are a good jumping off point for stuff I might actually do. I LOVE that each craft is accompanied by the library resource by which it was inspired. The author highlights some really cool types of resources (bookplates, vintage instruction manuals, book bi...
  • Ellen
    This is a wonderful book. This is a book for makers/crafters and library workers. Reading this book brought me lots of joy - I found I was smiling to myself as I read it. It is written by a rare book librarian, and based on five years of crafternoons (a new term for me) at New York Public Library. This book connects library collections and resources, including skilled librarians, with makers (in this book called crafters, but really they are they...
  • PEI Public Library Service
    Jessica Pigza is a rare books librarian who has been combining her passions - libraries and crafting - by hosting regular DIY sessions at the NYPL with a view to highlighting the library's collection of a range of resources. This book rides the wave of maker culture and demonstrates the fantastic wealth of resources to be found for free in libraries.The book is a show and tell to finding the unique materials held in library collections, and then ...
  • Gina Schaarschmidt
    What a weird book. I am a librarian and a crafter and I couldn't find much in either area to hook me. I ended up scanning most of it instead of reading in depth because I couldn't get interested enough to really read it. So take that with a grain of salt when you read this review. The first part of the book is an overview on how to use libraries. The second is a smattering of projects that might or might not be interesting. It's a good book for l...
  • Gigi
    Unique and creative, fun and frugal. Not much I love more than libraries and crafts!
  • Tandie
    I liked the first part, a description of libraries, card catalogs, and such. The second part consisted of impractical crafts that were unappealing.
  • Jaci Millette Cooper
    An unexpected read about how libraries (physical and digital) can be gold mines of innumerable resources for craft inspiration, collaboration, and research in the arts and crafts realm. Upon picking this book up, I thought “ Books and crafts, together? A perfect harmony of my two passions!” I had assumed the text would be focused on ideas for using discarded or outdated books—presenting cute craft ideas like book page Christmas ornaments an...
  • Brooke Smith
    I'll preface this by saying that this book performs a valuable service: it's driving force mission is to encourage people who aren't aware of a library's plethora of services to think about sourcing crafting ideas and reproducible materials via local public, academic, and governmental libraries. It gives step by step ideas on how to contact them for special collections and how to discuss your crafting plans and ideas with the librarian caretakers...
  • Naomi
    I will say that I preferred the detailed information on library usage vs. the craft ideas in the book. However, I utilize my library much more for research purposed and am not at all crafty. There were a couple of the crafts that I thought were at a novice crafter's level, but thought the majority were more for an advanced crafter. Step by step instructions are offered for each advanced project, but not pictures of how they should look at that st...
  • Brady
    This book was not what I expected at all. The second part is craft projects 'inspired' by books and sections of the library. Those were fine. Not too unique or unusual, and varied degrees of difficulty. The best and most surprising, though was the first part of the book. It describes libraries, library jargon, how to find what you want, the differences between types of libraries (it was a whole section of what librarians call BI, Bibliographic In...
  • Cynthia
    I'm gonna start sewing illuminated initials on everything I own. Look out everybody.
  • Lara
    For me, 2 stars. As a librarian and a crafter, there was surprisingly little that I wanted to make. Part of it, I think, were the types of crafts that were made - lots of embroidery, it felt like, and I just don't do that. Knitting, beading, a little sewing, general crafting - that's me. And that wasn't quite the feel of the projects here. I think the fascinator and the dogwood blossoms were the highlights for me, and I liked the idea of printing...
  • Peggy
    I had no idea of the resources available at libraries for artists and crafters. I was practically raised in a library and I have worked in libraries so I'm no stranger to their resources but this book has opened up a new world to me. I recently digitized 10 Japanese Heraldry designs for machine embroidery. This task would have been so much simpler if I had read this book first. In the first section JP teaches us the different types of libraries, ...
  • Andrew
    I get the books' appeal, I really do. I just didn't personally care for it. The book does a great job of introducing readers and ADULT crafters to marbling, quilling, calligraphy, cartography, architecture, etc. and how to use your library to find those resources. The unfortunate part is that the author (based out of NY Public Library) mentions only library systems in the NY/NJ area for the most part, and most of the online resources she uses see...
  • Daria
    Incredible resource!This book is perfect for research junkies, those who really love falling down a rabbit hole whether in line of in the stacks. But even better it has several top notch projects where the maker lays out their research process, gives detailed source information and provides articulate instructions for their project.
  • Stef
    I didn't delve too deeply in this one. I'm not sure what I'd been expecting, but it was something more exciting. It teaches readers how to research in the library, and then gives a collection of craft ideas that could be found in any other craft book, but these in particular were inspired by trips to the library to do research. The whole thing just comes across like it's trying too hard.
  • Coatesj
    Not helpful. Thought it would be more about the craft and less about the biblio.
  • Sara Lissa
    creative ways to think about library research....displaying the sheer serendipity and bringing forth of curiosity which libraries, the idea institute, inspire in people of all ages.
  • Kelly
    Fantastic for links to library sources. I didn't find the project examples as inspiring.
  • Liz Banks
    This is written by a librarian/crafter and is an excellent reference book for that sort of thing.
  • Marie
    Bibliocraft blew me away! It was not at all what I was expecting, and I couldn't be happier. :) This book is in two parts: Part I, which showcases all the great resources contained within your public library and how to access them and Part II, which showcases amazing craft projects inspired by library resources with instructions on how to replicate the crafts!Jessica Pigza is a rare and special books librarian in NYC, and I'm a little jealous. He...
  • Rachel
    This book has two basic sections one about using the library and the other for the projects. The first introduces you to different types of libraries and special collections and offers tips for planning a visit to use those collections. It also offers a basic overview of catalog systems and offers tips to help find just exactly what you're looking to check if a book has illustrations, using keyword and subject search together to narrow ...
  • Serena
    This book is a great introduction to the world of libraries and how they can be used by makers to drum up ideas for creative projects. The author, Jessica Pigza, is a librarian at the New York Public Library, who also happens to be a creator herself. She offers great tips on how to use libraries in person and online to help you find what you're looking for, from where to start looking, to how to prepare for a library visit, to how to use library ...
  • Julie G
    Please take a moment and just imagine my excitement when this book showed up in the library to be processed. I had been itching to get my hands on a copy since I'd first heard about it. If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that there's nothing I love more than a good craft - especially one that involves books. This is a total delight to page through, read in detail, and keep on the shelf. I'm currently on the lookout for a copy ...
  • Sonya
    Another jewel from the library and I just ordered this tonight! I love this book and this belongs in my library. I will be trying my hand at a bunch of the projects in this book. It revitalized my love of research and the library. The pictures are gorgeous. The patterns easy to blow up and use. I enjoyed the finding inspiration at the library section. It tells you how to utilize your branch library and research libraries. It also talks about spec...
  • Beth
    This book is overall beautifully done and a pleasure to look through, but in the end a bit disappointing as far as the actual art projects to look at. The premise of the book is how to look in old library books and archives whether in person or through digitized resources to find inspirations for art projects. The inspiration might come from endpapers, illuminated typeface, illustrations, maps, charts, etc. The first half of the book is an extrem...
  • Margo Brooks
    If you are a regular library user, and you likely are if you've picked up this book, you may think that using a library to kick start your creative process is a no brainer. And what could you really learn from a book on the subject? I thought that, but then I actually read this book--not only the first 60 pages that discuss how to use a library to get the most out of the experience, but the project chapters which outline the inspiration behind so...
  • Jamie
    Using libraries for arts & crafts inspiration? My modus operandi! I loved that she really delves into how libraries work and how to make them work for you, even if I already knew those perks as an employee of one. The crafts within are interesting, but not many are to my taste and they all require special materials of some kind. Overall, I much preferred Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book and The Re...