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

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

July 10th 2014 @ 10:55am Water water everywhere
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Well, the water was not literally “everywhere” but it was in the Kinsey Library.  The Lab received a call for assista

July 7th 2014 @ 11:45am Fun Finds from the Lab
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Part of what I enjoy about our work in the lab are the stories told or imagined through the items we treat.

June 23rd 2014 @ 9:56am Paper Conservation and Blooming Where You Are Planted
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Today’s guest blog post is by Madeline Zook, who has been completing a 90 hour practicum in the Paper lab this su