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Established in 1962, TALAS became the first company in the United States to serve the museum and library community with hand bookbinding and conservation supplies.

As a masters candidate in Library Studies at Columbia University, Elaine Haas saw the need for a company that could supply conservation materials that were otherwise inaccessible at the time.

She and her husband Herbert began searching the globe, finding new products and materials. From there, Technical Library Services (TLS) was born, which was later renamed TALAS.

Talas, an enormous loftlike shop, is the city’s most comprehensive source for bookbinding supplies.

-The New York Times

Today the Salik family continues to operate TALAS, serving institutions, companies, and individuals around the world with the highest quality supplies and materials.

Centered on customer service and a small business approach, we are continually expanding our product line to meet market trends and our customers' demands

Our commitment, and passion for the arts has been the driving force of the company as it continues to grow its legacy.

Let our professional supplies and service complement your needs.


For over 65 years, you, our customers, have put their trust inTALAS. Counting on us to deliver the highest quality materials and services around the world.