In Memoriam: Fritz James, Library Binding Service

Frederick C. James (Fritz), 87, died April 7, 2023. James was the owner and president of Library Binding Service (LBS), a supplier of bookbinding materials in the United States and internationally. He was the CEO of LBS for over 50 years, retiring in 2016.

From a tribute at the 75th anniversary of the Library Binding Institute, James’ good friend and longtime industry partner, Jack Fairfield, had this to say: “If one word were the requirement to describe Fritz James, it could easily be passion.”

James is survived by six children, Michael (Mia), Kenneth (Lehua), Sarah (Tim), Annie (Luke); Ginny (Jimmy), Lizzy. He was preceded in death by his daughter Anet James. Read James’ full obituary at