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

October 26, 2017. Spotlight on Collections: Historical Middle East Photographs in the Fine Arts Library. Harvard’s Fine Arts Library has one of the world’s most significant holdings of historical photographs of the Middle East. With approximately 175,000 images in over 280 collections, these photographs offer a rare opportunity for scholarly study and discovery of the Middle East, its people, and culture.

To learn more about the Middle East and Islamic photograph collections in the Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library Preservation Services invites you to attend presentations on the history, preservation and access, and use of these valuable resources in teaching, learning, and research. The presentations will be followed by a light reception.

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