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Artists' Books: Local Resources

Local Resources

READ Books

1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC

READ Books is the Charles H. Scott Gallery award-winning bookshop, located on the Emily Carr campus. It’s stock includes a variety artists’ books, monographs, exhibition catalogues, critical theory, artists’ editions, magazines, and textbooks. Book launches and readings occur regularly at READ and are open to the public.

Publication Studio Vancouver

222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC

Publication Studio prints and binds books on demand, creating unique works with writers and artists. It’s aim is to help writers and artists reach a public by any means possible (physical books; digital commons; eBooks; social events). Publication Studio is engaged in not only producing books, but producing a public.

Project Space

2 – 236 E Pender Street, Vancouver BC

Project Space is a non-profit organization committed to artist publications. Project Space hosts the annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair and other curatorial projects, publishes (as Project Space Press), and produces OCW Magazine. It also sells a variety of local and international publications at pop-up sales, fairs, and by appointment.

Motto Distribution Vancouver

555 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC

Motto Distribution was founded in 2007 by Alexis Zavialoff. It distributes a large selection of artists’ books, publications, magazines, and editions internationally. Motto Vancouver is located at the Or Gallery and is a bookshop organized in collaboration with Fillip.

Perro Verlag

410 Bowsprit, Mayne Island BC

Perro Verlag is a printing/publishing studio that was established in 2005 described as “a labratory of disruptions…a stage for timely unbalancing acts”. Perro Verlag focuses on exploring the page’s ability to act as an alternative exhibition space.

Vancouver Art Gallery Library

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC

Vancouver Art Gallery Library is a non-circulating specialized collection of contemporary, modern, and Canadian art. It includes over 45,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 100 journal subscriptions, 5,000 artist files, sound recordings, slides, and auction catalogues documenting a wide range of media.

Vancouver Art Book Fair

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC (Vancouver Art Gallery)

Presented by Project Space annually, Vancouver Art/Book Fair is a festival of artists’ publishing that features local and international publishers of books, magazines, printed ephemera, and experimental publication forms. It also presents on-site programs, performances, and installations.

Lucky’s Comics

3972 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Lucky’s Comics sells comics, books, and music, seeking out unique titles within the self/independently-published arena.

Or Gallery

555 Hamilton Street, Vancouver BC

The Or Gallery in Vancouver is an artist-run center founded in 1983 that exhibits both local and international artists. The Or Bookstore accompanies the gallery and carries a variety of printed matter including artists’ books, monographs, editions, monographs, design publications, local publishing, critical theory texts, journals, and magazines.

Regional Assembly of Text

3934 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Located in both Vancouver and Victoria, The Regional Assembly of Text sells handmade stationary and gifts. Started by two Emily Carr graduates, the store is also home to lowercase gallery, a reading room containing hundreds of zines and self-published books.

The STAG Library

826 East Pender Street, Vancouver BC

The STAG library is a semi-public, semi-private lending and reference library run out of the home of Aja Rose Bond and Gabriel Saloman. It contains thousands of books, magazines, zines, comics, pdfs, cassettes, cds, and vinyl records available for lending and reference. The STAG Library also hosts events each month and offers a publication residency.


Local Printers

Emily Carr Digital Output Centre (DOC)

Room 396, South Building

1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC

Emily Carr’s DOC offers student, staff, and faculty printing services using many different devices such as: wide format inkjet & gel-toner printers, colour laser “ImagePress” printers, a CD/DVD disc printer, and a vinyl cutter. The DOC is also a resource for individuals and classes by contributing to the understanding and proficiency in document creation, print preparation and colour accuracy/management. The DOC also offers high resolution scanning equipment, colour calibrated workstations for preparing files, and assistance from resident Studio Technicians.


Moniker Press

 Vancouver, BC

“Moniker Press is a micro publishing studio that works collaboratively with artists and writers to produce small editions of books, zines and print ephemera”. They currently have two risograph machines, with green, blue, red and black as available colors

Contact Us       604-844-3840        South Building Emily Carr University Library 1400 Johnston St., Granville Island Vancouver, BC