The Caxton Club welcomes members of all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities/expressions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic statuses. It is an organization of enthusiastic collectors, conservators, designers, binders, printers, librarians, archivists, editors, booksellers, publishers, and others interested in the book. Club members from these diverse backgrounds form a community of those interested in the study and promotion of the arts and technologies pertaining to the production, distribution, and reception of handwritten and printed books and related textual objects such as pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera.

The Club meets for an evening program on the third Wednesday of the month and mid-day on the second Friday of the month from September through June. Currently, all programs are presented virtually and recorded for members to view at any time. When in-person, these events may include receptions and optional meals.

The Caxton Club offers Resident, Non-resident, and Junior categories of membership. Non-resident members are those living 50 miles or more from the city of Chicago. Those applying for membership in all categories must attend two virtual or in-person meetings in order to be considered for membership.

To become a member, the applicant must:

  • Have an interest in printed, handwritten, or digital books and related items, as well as in the book arts, in bibliophilic history, and/or in collecting such materials
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have attended two meetings either virtually or in-person
  • Submit an on-line application
  • Await contact from a membership co-chair who will assist with the next two steps
  • Be proposed by a club member and seconded by another club member (if the applicant does not know any current members, the Membership Committee will supply such support).
  • Membership Committee will present your application to the Council for approval of membership

Annual membership dues and one-time initiation fees* are as follows:

Membership Dues Initiation fee
Resident  $195  $125 
Junior Resident**  $95  $60 
Nonresident  $90  $125 
Junior Non-Resident**  $45  $60 

* Waived from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021

** Those 35 and younger.

Membership dues plus a one-time initiation fee will be assessed upon the approval of the application.

Please do not send payment prior to notification of being accepted.

Address inquiries to:

Susan Hanes, Membership Chair



Jackie Vossler, President


211 South Clark Street,
PO Box 2329,
Chicago IL 60604-9997

Tel: +1 (312) 970-1294