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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Treatment and Mounting an Exhibition of 160 Illuminated Manuscripts

July 13, 2017. Conservators Debora Mayer and Alan Puglia will reprise their recent presentations relating to the conservation of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from the large-scale exhibition “Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections.” The presentations were originally given at the 2016 and 2017 American Institute for Conservation (AIC) annual meetings.

Preservation of Comic Books

July 19, 2017. Chloe Houseman, Weissman Preservation Center paper conservation intern and former comic book shop employee, will give a brown bag presentation on the preservation of comic books. Unlike other types of paper-based collections, there has been no published attempt to characterize optimum storage conditions for comic books. Chloe’s talk will address current comic book industry standards and practices, as well as new research into standard comic book storage bags.