General Collections Conservation

Book RepairItems in need of repair are sent to the conservation lab according to a circulation-based system. Staff at the circulation desk identifies damaged material as it is returned to the library, and sends this material to the conservation lab for treatment. Newer materials (printed after 1930) receive basic repairs, often performed by student employees. Older materials are treated by conservation staff, with more attention to retaining the historical appearance of the bindings.

The conservation unit also treats new acquisitions to the library collections, which may need minor alterations or reinforcement before shelving. These treatments include tipping in pages, sewing pamphlets into binders, creating pockets for loose material, and occasionally reinforcing the covers of paperback books. Over the past two years this last category of material has diminished and most of these items are sent directly to the stacks.