~A Short History of Leonard’s Books~
Leonard E. Haley first opened Leonard’s Antiques & Used Furniture back in 1972 in a familiar storefront in Lafayette, Indiana. After he passed away in 1988, his son Eric continued the family business, gradually adding his favorite stock — books — and changing the name to “Leonard’s Antiques & Books.”
Leonard’s was the first antiques store in the Lafayette area to go online, in 1996. Five years later, in 2001, the landmark store was closed, and Eric moved his collection of rare, out-of-print, and quality used books and magazines to a new location in Carroll County, Indiana–right next to our house in the old Burrows fire station. The name was changed to “Leonard’s Books” to reflect our new focus on both book sales and bookbinding. Today, the vast majority of our business is book and Bible rebinding.
Eric’s bookbinding beginnings were humble, when he used his experience in antique books to bravely attempt to restore his wife’s treasured copy of The Prince and the Pauper, rescued from a relative’s damp basement and covered with contact paper. He’s now an experienced bookbinder, with over 30 years of experience in bookbinding, restoration, and book repair, including commissioned work for museums and rare collections libraries.
Now he’s passing on his trade secrets and raising up a new generation of skilled craftsmen, who use TLC to reassemble and restore your treasured and priceless possessions and give them a glowing finished look.
At Leonard’s, we love Bibles. It’s the Word of God, and its message is timeless. However, your Bible cover is not. If your Bible needs a resurrection, visit our Bible Rebinding page to find out more about what we can do for it. From small hand-held Bibles to large old Family Bibles, we can help.
Our many satisfied customers would tell you you’ve come to the right place. Leonard’s still has that same friendly service Leonard and Eric have always been known for. That we don’t intend to change–it’s a family tradition!
Go ahead and contact us, and we’ll give you our best estimate on your priceless treasure. You’ll be glad you did! You can use our convenient bookbinding quote request form.