About Common Press
The Common Press is the letterpress and book arts studio at the University of Pennsylvania. A collaboration of Penn Libraries, Penn Design, and Kelly Writers House, the press supports interests in writing and text, print culture and history, and visual arts and design. The facility provides an environment where students can move between digital and manual image making, collaborating with writers, printmakers, designers, scholars, and others with an interest in printing. The Common Press exists to support teaching and to facilitate collaborative projects across the university. For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, we are providing curricular support and programming online.
The History of Common Press
Common Press was founded on January 17, 2006, the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth.