ALF/E Lingle Craig Preservation Lab exterior view

The mission of the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab is to facilitate the use of information resources for as long as they are needed, and in the forms most appropriate for their effective use. In the IU Bloomington Libraries, where permanent retention is the goal, the role of the Preservation Lab is to stabilize and improve the condition of the print collections, ensuring that they are accessible for use by both present and future researchers. This means protecting the collections from avoidable damage and deterioration, repairing materials when they become worn from use, and replacing or copying materials that cannot be repaired.

The Preservation Lab has eight full-time and two FTE part-time staff in four service units:

     General Collections Conservation

     Paper Conservation

     Binding Preparation

     Automated Boxmaking

For information regarding the location, hours and general contacts for the Preservation Lab please see the About section.

E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab Blog

October 21st 2014 @ 1:48pm World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, October 27th
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October 8th 2014 @ 12:52pm Flattening a Stiff Board Vellum Book, OR, How I Lost 1 1/2 Inches in Just Two Hours
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Our Music Library recently sent me a nice book covered in vellum over stiff boards, titled Vergel de Musica.

September 29th 2014 @ 3:06pm Pareidolia
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Neuroscience is a very big deal right now.

August 25th 2014 @ 4:05pm How We Spent the Summer in General Collections Conservation
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It started normally enough in May, as soon as Spring semester ended.

July 30th 2014 @ 3:12pm Common School Wall Chart
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In the Paper Lab, we recently treated a large set of educational wall charts dating from the 1890′s, printed by W.L.B