44 Library, MC-522
1408 West Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Oak St. Library Facility
OSLF, 2nd Floor
809 South Oak Street
Mail Code 527
Champaign, IL 61820
The Preservation and Conservation Units are taking an active role in the Library’s partnership
with Google Books by performing a range of repairs and treatments on library materials that will be
digitized from the University Library’s general collections. This work not only facilitates the
capture of better and more complete digital images, but also allows us to return digitized items to
our shelves in a more usable and stable condition than we found them. While no special collections
materials will be digitized through this project, UIUC’s partnership with Google Books presents a
unique opportunity to address the preservation and conservation needs of a large portion of the
Library’s collections, including some of the more unique items within our general collections.
For more information on this project, please see the Digital Content Creation Unit’s page on
large scale digitization for
more information on this project.
In late September of 2007, Conservation identified mold in the storage vault of the Rare
Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).
Over the course of 8 months, the staff of the RBML, Preservation & Conservation, Library
administration, and Facilities & Services worked closely to plan for and implement a
Working with Prof. Robb Springfield of the School of Art and Design, the Preservation and
Conservation Program secured designs for a preservation program logo, a preservation-themed
screensaver currently loaded on public terminals throughout the library system, and models of other
Through the generosity of the Library Friends, Preservation and Conservation has provided all
Library circulation desks with a supply of "rain bags". These plastic bags should be given to
patrons who lack a proper book bag with which to protect their library books.