Each year the Miniature Book Society hosts an annual gathering of its members referred to as a Conclave. The Conclave — typically a three-day event — is held every autumn in a different city and is eagerly anticipated by the members. Recent Conclaves have been held in Charlottesville (VA), Princeton (NJ), San Diego, Seattle, Ann Arbor, New Orleans, Dublin, Ireland, and Amsterdam. Attendees look forward to guest speakers, tours, workshops, book auctions, a book swap and an all-day book fair, but most of all, connecting with fellow miniature book enthusiasts and the camaraderie that miniature book lovers share. 

The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, August 9 – Monday, August 12, 2019

MBS has chosen Bloomington, known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana," for its 2019 Conclave. Bloomington is the home of the University of Indiana, which was established in 1820 and will celebrate their 60th Anniversary in 2020. The Lilly Library is a world-class rare book library and now contains over 16,000 miniature books. It is the home of the Elizabeth Ball Collection, as well as the collection of MBS past member Ruth Adomeit. The Adomeit Collection is considered to be one of the largest collections of miniature books in the world.

Lori Dekdtspotter, Head of The Lilly Library Technical Services  and Jim Brogan, MBS President, are the co-hosts for the 2019 Conclave.
Check back soon for further details.


Conclave Keepsake

One of the most fun aspects of any Conclave is the keepsake. The keepsake is a gift that many Conclave attendees create or purchase to give to each member of the Conclave. The keepsake can be a miniature book or a miniature book-related item. The keepsake can echo the theme of the Conclave or the location. (One member binds the state song in a hard-bound miniature book.)


Conclave Auctions

One of the major income sources is our Miniature Book Society’s auctions during Conclave.  There are two, a silent auction and a live auction. Both rely on member’s donation of miniature books and miniature book-related items.


Book Competition & Student Grants

An annual miniature book competition and exhibition, as well as a number of project assistance grants for students, are announced each year at the conclave. 

For information about the annual miniature book competition and exhibition, go here.  For information about project assistance grants, available to students enrolled in a fine arts, graphic arts, book arts programs or information and library sciences, go here