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. 

Tiny Matters: Creative Exploration of the Miniature Arts & Book History
Indiana University Campus
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.


Conclave hotel: Indiana Memorial Union, the Biddle Hotel
Reservations: 800-209-8145 Reservation Code: MINIBOOK19
Room Rates: Single Queen Bed, Sunday through Thursday - $134 + tax/per night; Friday & Saturday - $149 + tax/per night. Double Queen or Single King Bed, Sunday through Thursday - $174 + tax/per night; Friday & Saturday - $189 + tax/per night. (Please specify bed preference).

Last day to make reservations at Conclave Rate is July 9, 2019.  
Amenities include: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, in-House cafes, bowling alley


Closest international airport: Indiana International Airport (IND), Indianapolis, Indiana, about a 1-hour drive to Bloomington. An airport shuttle operates between the Indianapolis Airport and Indiana University. The shuttle will provide hourly transportation from the airport directly to the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU), the location hotel, for the Conclave. The charge is $23. Visit for more information.


Conclave Fee: $325; no à la carte fee available.
Registration Deadline: July 9, 2019. No Conclave refunds after July 9, 2019.

Fee includes:
• Welcome package with keepsakes
• Saturday, Sunday, Monday: Full breakfast
• Friday: Lilly Library: Speaker & Exhibit, Welcome & Reception
• Friday: Dinner with traditional ‘Silent Auction’
• Saturday: Two Workshops
• Saturday: Evening dessert buffet with traditional ‘Live Auction’
• Sunday: MBS Book Fair
• Sunday: Awards banquet dinner & speaker.  

Optional Monday: Interactive Presentation of Tibetan papermaking and discussion of James Lamar Weygand & the Private Press of the Indiana Kid. Conducted by Jim Canary, Lilly Library and Jim Brogan, MBS President. A box lunch will be provided. Fee: $50. 

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.)

Send to: Lori Dekydtspotter, c/o The Lilly Library, 1200 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-5500. Deadline: July 9, 2019

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.

For Silent Auction donations, send to Karen Nyman, 7835 Rush Rose Drive #124, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Deadline: August 1, 2019.

For Live Auction donations, send to Cathie Abney, 3105 Milton Road, Middletown, OH 45042. Deadline: July 9, 2019.

To register, fill out the Conclave Registration Form, located here.

For a complete schedule of events, go here.

We encourage you to visit the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel:

Regular hours
Wednesday-Saturday 11am-4pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm
Please check the calendar for special events.

$10 General
$8 Seniors 65+/Military
$5 Children aged 3-9
Accepting cash, checks, credit or debit cards. Please note that children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free for Museum members. No charge just to visit the Museum Shop.

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