The process of preserving pages from the past

The conservation unit of UI Libraries provides physical treatment for all of the collections, both circulating and noncirculating. Damaged rare books, manuscripts, and maps are cleaned, stabilized, mended, and provided with many options of reconstruction and protective enclosure. Circulating books, pamphlets, and music are reinforced for continuing use, and items damaged by water and mold are salvaged.

Conservator Gary Frost last year was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Book Workers. The guild, founded in 1906, focuses on service to the hand bookbinding community.

Click on the thumbnails below to see Frost work in the conservation lab.