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Frequently Asked Questions
We have a small collection of origami diagrams and instructions that are freely downloadable and freely usable for non-commercial activities. For information about commercial usage, please contact us and tell us what you have in mind.
Diagrams from The Fold
Our online magazine, The Fold, has published many diagrams, many of never-before-published designs, and this page gathers them in one place. For information about commercial usage, please contact the author (see the byline on the article) and describe what you have in mind.
Browse a gallery of world-class origami artworks by internationally know origami artists, showcasing the latest in what is possible, all shot by profession photographer Lynton Gardiner for OrigamiUSA.
OrigamiUSA's Lending Library is a circulating library that operates via mail. Any current member in the USA can borrow from our collection of origami materials including rare, out-of-print, and hard-to-find publications.
The OrigamiUSA Research Library is a non-circulating collection located in New York City that can be accessed by appointment.
Find an Origami Group
There are origami groups in many countries around the world as well as local groups in many cities in the U.S.. Looking for fellow folders? You can find a listing of all the groups we know about. Starting your own folding group? Send us your contact information and we'll add it to the list.
Mailing Lists and Social Networks
Origami is a worldwide community and there are mailing lists and forums on the internet that are devoted to origami, including our own OrigamiUSA discussion group and the granddaddy of all origami mailing lists, Origami-L.
Glossary of Origami Terms
Our glossary contains definitions for the most common English-language origami terms (and a few uncommon ones as well).
Origami Difficulty Ratings
What does "Don't get in over your head" really mean? This listing gives guidelines and examples for the difficulty ratings we use in our classes.
If you're thinking of teaching an origami class, check out our list of tips and techniques for a successful teaching experience.
And if you're on the other side of the paper from the teacher, check out our list of tips and techniques for students to insure a happy and successful origami learning experience!