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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for July 23, 2016:  Closed

Preservation Department Units

 

Conservation

Conservation is responsible for the physical preservation of the collection. The staff in conservation performs book repairs for circulating collections and high-end single-item treatments for materials from Special Collections.

Located in 1-7 William T. Young Library, the conservation lab is the first combined book and paper lab in a state-assisted university library in Kentucky. Measuring 900 square feet, it is equipped for both basic book repair and high-end conservation treatment. Lab equipment includes a Minter ultrasonic encapsulator, 7' fume hood, Wei T'o freeze dryer/insect exterminator, two stainless steel shallow sinks for paper washing, plus the standard conservation lab equipment such as book presses, board creaser, and board shear.

 

GENERAL COLLECTIONS CONSERVATION

Conservation performs repairs on circulating collections from across the library system. Our goal is to return damaged materials to usable condition. Care is taken to perform suitable, sympathetic, and long-lasting repairs. We use conservation-quality papers, adhesives, boards, and cloth.

Examples of repair:

Pamphlet binding
Pamphlet Binding

Rebacks
Rebacks

Protective enclosures
Protective Enclosures

Conservation Tools
Conservation Tools

Repair slip

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can UK Libraries fix my book or document?
At this time, we are not able to perform conservation treatments for individuals or other institutions. However, we can refer you to a conservator or binder in the area. You might also check the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)'s free referral service. The recommended conservators belong to AIC and agree to abide by a code of ethics. Or you might contact the Conservation Lab (859-218-1937 or Kazuko Hioki) and ask for a list of local and regional conservators and bookbinders.

Why shouldn't I eat and drink around library materials?
The aftermath of food and drink consumption is not always noticed immediately. Food crumbs might settle between the pages of a book, providing a food source for a pest, such as a cockroach, beetle, or mouse. Liquid spills may also lead to mold if the temperature and relative humidity conditions in the book stacks provide the correct environment. These pests and mold have the potential to cause health risks in humans. In addition, the stains caused by food and drink may be impossible to remove.

Examples of the damage food, drink, and vermin can cause

How should I shelve my books?
Books are best shelved vertically, with support from a bookend, or lying flat on the bookshelf. Books should not be shelved with the fore-edge (the part opposite the spine) resting on the shelf, since gravity will work to pull the pages of the book out of the binding.

How can I preserve newspaper clippings?
Newsprint is inherently unstable paper and is not meant to last. You have probably noticed how quickly newsprint will turn yellow and brittle if left near a source of light. Conservators can give a few suggestions for prolonging the life of a newspaper clipping. If the clipping will be accessed frequently, make a photocopy on archival paper to serve as a "use copy." Place the newspaper clipping in acid-free paper and place in a cool, dry area. Do not store newspaper clippings, or other items you want to save, in the basement or attic. See the Library of Congress' advice.

Is there some sort of product I might be able to put on my leather-bound book to prevent deterioration?
In the past, a variety of dressings and gels were used to combat the powdery, red leather that signifies deterioration. However, over time, those substances may actually led to further deterioration. Currently there is no product that can be recommended for home use. Please contact a conservator for further details or see the Library of Congress fact sheet.

Where can I buy conservation supplies?
There are quite a few companies that sell products that meet conservation standards. A few are listed below. Listing a particular company does not constitute endorsement.

Archival Products
P.O. Box 1413
Des Moines, IA 50305
800-526-5640

Conservation Resources
8000-H Forbes Place
Springfield, VA 22151
800-634-6932

Gaylord Brothers
P.O. Box 4901
Syracuse, NY 13221-4901

Hollinger Corporation
P.O. Box 8360
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
800-634-0491

Light Impressions
P.O. Box 22708
Rochester, NY 14692-2708
800-828-6216

Metal Edge
6340 Bandini Ave.
Commerce, Ca 90040
800-862-2228

TALAS
568 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
212-219-0770
212-219-0735 (fax)

University Products
517 Main Street
P.O. Box 101
Holyoke, MA 01041
800-628-1912


Our Mission

Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the University Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

Associate Dean Deirdre A. Scaggs

Materials in Special Collections do not circulate.

Access to materials provided through the Breckinridge Research Room.


Campus Mail Code: 0039


For Research or Collections-related Inquiries

Breckinridge Research Room
Phone:
(859) 257-8611

Fax: (859) 257-6311

Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu


General Information


Mailing Address:
Special Collections Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506-0039


Delivery Address:
179 Funkhouser Drive
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506-0039


Emergency Vehicle Response Location:
179 Funkhouser