Thursday, June 27, 2013

P a t r o n R E P A I R S

We appreciate the thought and, sometimes, we marvel at the ingenuity patrons employ in order to avoid what they feel might be a fine-worthy imperfection on an item from the library stacks charged to their account.

We do not charge patrons for normal wear and the subsequent tears and damages books suffer simply from being used a lot by our students and researchers.  It is our job to happily repair these items using archival materials.

  • Tape is bad.

  • Duct tape is especially bad.

  • Duct tape printed with big red smootchy lips is....amusing... but bad none the less.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Admittedly, paperclips are quite a clever invention.  They have many uses - some intended - some never within the realm of the creator's imagination.

From the viewpoint of a bookbinder - they were never intended as a bookmark.
They are too big, too metal, too rough on the page.  
Too bad.

We needed some 'les tissus' when we saw these poor pages.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Enjoy...and Handle with Care

In the Preservation department, our goal is to handle with care and repair or restore those items housed in our stacks that have met with some misfortune and found their way to our lab.

Here are some items that have carefully been repaired 
and are quietly waiting to be sent back to their home in the stacks.

Enjoy our books,
 but please take good
care of them.