DVD Loan Programme

One of the ways that CBBAG seeks to fulfill its education mandate is to maintain a circulating collection of educational DVDs. DVDs are available to members to borrow for the cost of postage only (outgoing and return).

The videos are primarily from the Guild of Book Workers Standards Seminars, but with many additions. CBBAG began taping many of its own programme meetings, from 1987 to around 2001. Altogether, this collection forms valuable trove of information about skills and techniques used in the book arts.

The advantage of video teaching in the crafts is clear. This is particularly advantageous where distance and isolation otherwise makes learning difficult and expensive, if not impossible. That said, some of the videos in this library reflect the early days of volunteer videotaping with all the incumbent challenges of volunteer labour. Picture and sound quality leave something to be desired by today's standards (as does filming technique). Aging and the transfer from VHS to DVD may also have an impact on quality. Viewing on a smaller screen may improve watchability. As well, try using headphones rather than computer speakers may improve sound quality. Patience may be required; however, the videos provide much information not readily available elsewhere.

View the catalogue of available DVDs (24 page PDF) here

To borrow

Please e-mail dvdloan@cbbag.ca, stating your name, mailing address, the catalogue number(s), and title or titles of DVDs you wish to borrow, and a statement that you agree to the DVD policy (please copy and paste into your e-mail: "I, YOUR NAME, agree that the CBBAG DVDs will not be copied; that DVDs will be returned by the due date; and that I will pay the replacement fee of $50 CAD for lost or damaged materials.").

Postage and Handling

The borrower will pay outgoing postage and handling (via Canada Post XpressPost, with tracking - approximately $15 CDN within Canada) for one or two DVDs by credit card and will be invoiced via AffiniPay (online payment system). The borrower will cover the return postage costs (postage with tracking recommended). Payment may also be paid by e-transfer on request.

Loan Period

Four weeks; maximum two DVDs per loan period.

Replacement Fee

The borrower will be invoiced via via AffiniPay for lost or damaged materials: $50.00 per DVD. DVDs not returned by the due date will be considered to be lost.


All these materials are protected by copyright. The DVDs may not be copied and should be used for personal education purposes only.

All imagery on this website is copyright and protected by international law. Content cannot be copied, published, distributed, downloaded, or otherwise stored in a retrieval system, transmitted, or converted, in any form or by any means, electronic, or otherwise without prior written permission from the copyright owner. Please contact CBBAG's web administrator for more information on contacting the copyright owner.

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