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

May 16, 2018, 2:00-4:30pm. Conservation and Preservation at Harvard: Interns and Fellows Present Recent Projects. Lamont Library Forum Room. The Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library and the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums invite you to a program on conservation and preservation topics given by interns and fellows across Harvard’s libraries and museums. If you do not have a Harvard ID, RSVP to preserve_wpc@harvard.edu to be added to the guest list.

May 21, 2018, 12:30-2:00pm. Webcast: Mission Possible: Emergency Response for Cultural Heritage Institutions in Puerto Rico90 Mt. Auburn Street, Room 021. Come hear from NARA conservators, as well as representatives from the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution, on the Emergency Support Function (ESF #11) Mission Assignment to Puerto Rico in November and December 2017. The mission focused on assessing damage and providing assistance at the National Archives and Library and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The team visited a number of other affected governmental and cultural heritage institutions, and gave three day-long training sessions in heritage emergency response in three cities across the island. Hear firsthand accounts of the experience from the responders!  If you do not have a Harvard ID, please email preserve_wpc@harvard.edu to be added to the guest list.

June 15, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm. American Institute for Conservation conference review I: Workshops and General Session. 90 Mt. Auburn Street, Rm 021. Attendees will share key takeaways from the Houston annual meeting.  If you do not have a Harvard ID, please email preserve_wpc@harvard.edu to be added to the guest list.

June 22, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm. American Institute for Conservation conference review II: Specialty Groups. Lamont Library Forum Room.  Attendees will share key takeaways from the Houston annual meeting.  If you do not have a Harvard ID, please email preserve_wpc@harvard.edu to be added to the guest list.