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Conservation Services

Conservation Services provides comprehensive program of services designed to maximize the utility of Library collection materials.  The focus on the work of Conservation Services is first and foremost to maintain materials in their original formats– paper documents, prints and manuscript books, photographs, prints and drawings, maps, music scores and many other objects. 

The program includes both conservation treatments on individual items and re-housing of items or collections into protective enclosures or boxes.  There are dedicated staff and laboratory facilities for general collections (circulating and reference materials) and special collections (rare books, archives, and other unique non-circulating materials).

Conservation Services work is organized into five areas of program activity:

All of the work of Conservation Services is done in accordance with the American Institute for Conservation’s Code for Ethical Practice.

To request an assessment, discuss a potential conservation project, or for questions about the available treatment options for various collections and material formats, please contact the Chief Conservator, Christine McCarthy.