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Often regarded as a dying art, bookbinding in fact remains an important profession to this day. Printed pages are still bound into newspapers, books and brochures by hand or machine, and hand-made covers and sleeves are still produced.

You can train to become a print media handler, specialising in bookbinding (Bindetechnologie), at the Swiss National Library (NL).

A traditional craft with a secure future

The bookbinding profession has close links to libraries. After all, they store the work of generations of bookbinders. The NL offers a unique setting in which to learn the trade. You will benefit from the know-how of our experts and daily on-the-job training in our workshop and stacks.

We will teach you the basics of bookbinding in line with a recognised syllabus, and you also have the option of attending the VET school.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Completed compulsory education
  • Manual dexterity
  • Enthusiasm for working Vwith paper, cardboard, adhesives, leather and parchment; ability to think logically, visualise concepts, learn quickly and work independently

Working hours, duration:

  • Full-time, including attendance at training college, with the option to attend the VET school in Bern
  • Four-year course


  • 1st year: CHF 780
  • 2nd year: CHF 960
  • 3rd year: CHF 1,460
  • 4th year: CHF 1,720

(gross monthly, calculated on the basis of a 13-month year)

Apprenticeship vacancies are posted under “Current vacancies”.

Last modification 06.09.2022

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