Resources for Preservation

Library collections can contain hundreds, thousands, and even tens of thousands of items. A majority of a library collection may be books, but collections can also contain photographs, CDs, DVDs, archival materials, maps, slides, sound recordings, film, and even digitized material or born digital material. Library collections require proper care, handling, and appropriate preservation strategies. And good stewardship does not just pertain to the items either. To ensure longevity of collections, the stability of the building environment plays an important role. The resources provided here contain videos, webinars, PDFs, guides, tutorials, fact sheets, and helpful terminology for general collections care along with specialized needs and topics.

Connecting to Collections Care Discussion Forum

Collection Care Basics

Care and Handling of Books and Archival Material

Audiovisual Preservation

Photographs and Photographic Material

Digital Preservation

Environmental Guidelines

Integrated Pest Management

Simple Storage Solutions for Special Collections

Saving Family Treasures

Valuing Books