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The IdeaLab provides a makerspace with 3D printers, electronics, sewing, and other tools if you're looking for some resources to help create your altered book.


What is an Altered Book?

Altered books use the printed page as both canvas and creative muse. Alterations can include painting, drawing, coloring, cutting, folding, and more. The results can vary as widely as the techniques applied to the book: for example, alterations can create poetry from prose, inject social commentary, provoke specific emotional reactions, explore ideas, or prompt new meanings to emerge from the original text. Altering books is not limited to "serious artists." Anyone can do it!

Altered Book Contest

All Skidmore College students, staff, and faculty are warmly invited to roll up their creative sleeves and compete in the Ninth Annual Scribner Library Altered Book Contest! Once the entries are in, come vote for your favorites. The winning entrant(s) will be presented with the coveted Lucy Scribner Trophy.

Contest details:

  • We can supply you with a book or you are welcome to use your own. Just ask at the Library Circulation Desk if you need a book to alter. (Rest assured that these books are not from our current collections!)
  • Please drop off your completed book to the Library Circulation Desk by 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2024. You can drop off your book earlier in the week as well.
  • Entries will be on display from April 12th to April 22nd in Scribner Library with voting from April 12th to April 22nd. The winning book will be announced on Monday, April 22nd.

Past Participants

Photos of the entries from past Altered Book Contests are archived in Creative Matter, Skidmore's institutional repository:

2023 Entries

2022 Entries

2021 Entries

2020 (Pandemic Hedgie Edition) Entries

2019 Entries

2018 Entries

2017 Entries

2016 Entries