Preservation Services

The Harvard Library holds the largest academic library collection in the world, and the age and vulnerability of its vast holdings vary widely. The Harvard Library Preservation Program comprises state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff committed to ensuring that library materials remain secure and usable for contemporary and future scholars by employing a variety of strategies for conserving materials, digitizing collections, preserving library content in digital formats, and providing robust education and outreach programs.

Upcoming Events

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Computational Photography and RTI Symposium Review

Friday March 24th, 2017. Cultural Heritage Imaging partnered with The Metropolitan Museum of Art to present this two-day symposium with a focus on use cases and recently developed tools and research in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and related techniques in computational photography. The symposium brought together approximately 100 conservators and humanities collections professionals, photographers, curators, archivists, imaging experts, researchers, and technology experts to present the latest updates to RTI technology and related techniques and their applications. 

Preservation Demonstrations at Cabot

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017. Visit the new Cabot Discovery Bar from Noon to 3pm for live demonstrations of preservation activites. 

Preservation Week Kick-Off Event

Monday, April 24, 2017. Join us in the Lamont Forum Room from 2pm to 4:30pm. The American Library Association sponsors Preservation Week each year, to help "connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections."  Harvard Library Preservation Services hosts and collaborates on events for students, faculty, researchers, and staff to highlight the behind-the-scenes work that preserves Harvard's renowned collections.