Many of our personal and family collections include rare, old, and well-loved published books or other bound records. Though books may seem like simple paper objects, they are really composed of a variety of diverse materials - cloth, leather, thread, board, glue, and paste - all of which may have unique preservation concerns. At the same time, books are often the most financially valuable items in archival collections, and it may be difficult to learn to navigate things like insurance, appraisal, and the rare books trade. See the resources below to get started.
|Shelving and storage
|Handling and use
|Cleaning and repair
Remember that books are meant to be enjoyed. Though excessive wear, margin notes, or pressed flowers may not be recommended by preservation professions, they can become important momentos of your own personal and family history.