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Preservation Services
Emergency Response

Wet Library Materials? Call (617) 240-2500

Two books standing up with their pages fanned out to dry. The pages are cockled due to moisture.

Library Collections Emergency Team


The Library Collections Emergency Team (LCET) is on call 24 hours a day to provide advice and assistance during and in the immediate aftermath of emergencies that threaten or affect Harvard Library collections.



  • 24-hour advisory assistance by cell phone (617) 240-2500 in emergencies involving library collections
  • Direct assistance with response and salvage in cases involving more materials than can be recovered by the local library staff or other complicating factors
  • Access to library-owned freeze-drying equipment (limited capacity is available)
  • Recommendations for commercial disaster recovery services
  • Coordination of services with University Operations Center
  • Emergency preparedness, planning, and response information
  • Training workshops


The Team


Full-time conservators and preservation librarians in Preservation Services in the Harvard Library.


Priscilla Anderson, Senior Preservation Librarian, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library
Lauren Telepak, Collections Conservator, Collections Care, Harvard Library


Harvard Emergency Response Procedures


Response Procedures for Others


Emergency Response Bibliography