Preserving Library Collections

All information media, from printed books to digital files, are vulnerable to some combination of natural aging, accidental damage, and other barriers to long-term access. The Preservation Department collaborates with colleagues throughout the Library to keep resources available to the people who need them. Preservation Department staff members:

  • Provide leadership and expertise to preserve digital resources
  • Prepare new print materials and bind books as needed to improve durability
  • Repair damaged books
  • Digitize, reproduce in print, or purchase replacements when damaged books cannot be repaired
  • Monitor library environments to slow down deterioration and prevent mold
  • Maintain the library disaster plan to minimize loss in a flood or fire

Questions about preservation are always welcome. For more information contact Kurt Blythe, Interim Head of Preservation,