Rare books with spine damage

The primary aim of conservation of rare books is to stabilise them for current and future generations of users and prevent further deterioration. Librarians always have to balance the conservation of rare books with the needs of users to access them. Principal tasks carried out by our conservators include cleaning textblocks, removing old, damaging, or non-functional repairs; reattaching loose or broken boards; repairing or replacing sewing; carrying out paper repairs and reattaching loose leaves; improving book openings through spine lining and joint repairs; mending tears and splits to paper, parchment or the binding; constructing new bindings; and making protective boxes to store fragile books.