Preservation at the Middlebury College Libraries

We use the term "preservation" in a library setting to refer to all the activities that lessen the deterioration of objects over time, enabling us to retain the informational content for as long as it is wanted and, when appropriate, conserve the aesthetic context of the case or cover.  We preserve the items we collect, not only because it is incumbent upon us to do so as responsible stewards, but also, pragmatically, so we are not required to spend money to acquire them again.

When we perform "conservation" treatments on items, we are not only preserving the content therein but also retaining as much of the original material as possible.  This is important when working with Special Collections materials because the physical properties of a book add to its value and often provide the researcher with important aesthetic context.  All conservation treatments are reversible and minimally invasive.

View a gallery of our work by clicking on the photo below!