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Laboratory Press

Otis Laboratory Press is a fully functioning letterpress studio with four Vandercook proof presses and over 200 fonts. Established in 1984 by Sheila de Bretteville as part of the Communication Arts Department, the LabPress has a rich history of small edition book publishing, introducing generations of students to the origins of typography and the notion of the book as a visual communications medium. Conceived as a laboratory for aesthetic exploration and a place for practical production, the LabPress is an integral part of the graphic design curriculum. It provides a key link between traditional tools and digital media. Students actively participate and produce award-winning books that have become a permanent part of rare book collections throughout Southern California. We are the only college in Southern California that offers a Printmaking and Book Arts Minor.

Otis Lab Press in O-Space
Otis LabPress Blog
Artists' Books Collection
Laboratory Press Collection of the Artists' Books


See Lab Press Hours Page
for Open Lab Press Hours


Closed all Major Holidays.


Contact Us

Leslie Ross-Robertson
Lab Press Manager
(310) 665-6846