Paper Conservation

Our library offers treatment services for the restoration and conservation of prints and books.

Our Conservation team has over 15 years of experience in book & paper repair and restoration.

Our treatment services include removal of old repairs and tapes, surface cleaning, mending paper tears, foxing and stain reduction, reduction of creases, chemical cleaning to remove dirt and wash harmful acids, fumigation, and partial and full restoration.

Our services are reasonably priced and any income derived is for the continued operations of the library.

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What is paper conservation

The conservation and restoration of books, manuscripts, documents, and prints is an activity dedicated to the preservation and protection of items of historical and personal value made primarily from paper.

Paper-based items such as books, scrapbooks, manuscripts, maps, deeds, newspapers, and prints present distinctive concerns when it comes to care and conservation. Unlike works of art on paper, these items are often handled directly and repeatedly to access information.

Surface Cleaning

Surface cleaning, synonymously referred to as dry cleaning, is a mechanical cleaning technique used to reduce superficial soil, dust, grime, insect droppings, accretions, or other surface deposits. (Dry cleaning, as the term is used in paper conservation, does not employ the use of organic solvents.


De-acidification refers to chemical treatments meant to slow down the acid hydrolysis and embrittlement of books and paper documents that had been printed on acidic paper. From the early 1800s up to about 1990, papermakers used aluminum sulfate, an acidic compound, in most printing papers.



Also known as "In-painting" or "Image integration". This is an optional process in restoration. It fills in the missing details of the print to better appreciate the object.


Also known as "Gap filling" or "In filling". Missing or torn edges are restored by using similar material or color looking materials. 

Watch the full Bookbinding Restoration Series here