Artist Book Collection

The Artist Book Collection at Paper Machine (ABC@PM) houses a rich resource of artist’s books for the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. ABC@PM collects artists’ books in all media, editioned and one-of-a-kind, on all variety of subject matter. Interdisciplinary by nature, artists’ books move through the crossroads of visual art, literary art, graphic design, printmaking, bookbinding, papermaking, and publishing. ABC@PM is particularly interested in books in which the structure and actions of reading are integral to the content and the ideas within.

One of the most unique aspects of this collection is its extreme accessibility. While the collection is not a lending library, visitors are welcome to enter the collection room, read and handle any of the books, and browse the shelves at leisure.

ABC@PM is housed on the second floor of Paper Machine, which is located at 6330 St. Claude Ave. The collection is open M-F, 9-4pm and by appointment. To make an appointment, e-mail us at

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Principal Organizers
There are currently no paid staff at ABC@PM and the principal organizers volunteer their time and efforts to maintaining and growing the collection. The principal organizers of ABC@PM are professionals in the fields of artist’s books, design, publishing, library collections and management, and other related fields. The current principal organizers are:

Adam Beebe
Nancy Sharon Collins
Jessica Peterson
Yuka Petz
Monica Tyran
Sara White