Tag: book repair

A clean sweep of a herbal

A clean sweep of a herbal

Today I’m working on a treatment that is basically the rare book equivalent of cleaning under the couch cushions. This 2-volume herbal was used by a previous owner as a plant press, and many leaves, flowers and other assorted plant parts were discovered in-between its […]

Please don’t DIY when it comes to book repair!

Please don’t DIY when it comes to book repair!

And this is also why the staff at the library will often stress that patrons should not attempt their own repairs of library books. The “repair” often does more damage than helps, and won’t actually save you from being fined for a repair or replacement fee. […]

Conservation lab limericks

Here in the lab there’s no issues,
With using our tissues,
Except when you sneeze,
We ask you quite please,
Use the Kleenex and not the Sekishu!


There once was a company named Demco,
Whose products were used with a gusto,
On spines they would drape,
The most marvelous tape,
Removing its really quite slow, yo.


I work in a book-fixing lab,
this makes me think I’m quite fab,
it’s self-confidence I foster,
so to not think I’m an imposter,
“Preservation is awesome!” I’ll blab!

“Monday morning book bling”. Bound volume, chewing gum, and key fob (rhinestone). n.a., n.d. #nypl collection

“Monday morning book bling”. Bound volume, chewing gum, and key fob (rhinestone). n.a., n.d. #nypl collection pic.twitter.com/o4pjEfKp9i — NYPL Conservation (@nyplconserv) August 4, 2014 Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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Paste and methyl cellulose.