= Celebrating our 62nd year =
Bookbinders is a family owned business started in 1948 by Mel
Kavin. His sons,
Rick and Bruce, and his daughter Judy manage the
oldest and largest library bindery in Southern California.
are in a 25,000 square foot building and have 40
employees. We provide
both ABLE Library and ABLE Bindery, an Internet based
bindery preparation system. In
addition to Library Binding, we offer a variety
of other binding services. We produce limited
edition binding, fine leather binding and restoration of rare books and
bibles. We make a variety of protective devices:
phase boxes, clamshell boxes,
slip cases and specially
designed containers. We offer de-acidification of paper and Mylar encapsulation.
Portfolios, presentation binders, menu
covers, scrapbooks, gift books and photo
albums can be custom designed in a wide selection
have done restoration work for the Special Collections of university and public
libraries, as well as rare book dealers and individual collectors.
We have restored and rebound books for libraries that have had water,
fire and earthquake damage.
believe that there is a special relationship between a Library and its Binder.
The library trusts the Binder with its valuable library material, which
is its life’s blood. We also
believe that each Library has a personality that comes from the people, past and
present, who have set the policies, the nature of the collection, and the people
who use it. It is the job of the
Binder to learn about this personality and to establish a good communication
system so that the needs of the Library can be fulfilled.