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Making models of various board attachment styles. These are models of a Medieval style binding with packed sewing on double cord supports laced into poplar wood boards, and an Ethiopian style binding with cedar wood boards.

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Archival National Geographic

Archival National Geographic

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Me IRL (Image from “The Children’s Book on How to Use Books and Libraries” by Moot and Baisden, 1937.)

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1936. Book Repairs at the Urbana Free Library  Works Progress Administration Photographic File.  Pictures from the Urbana Daily Courier, Champaign County Historical Archives, Urbana Free Library. [x]

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Pop-up book vampire dentistry

Sometimes being a book conservator means you have to do a little dental work on Dracula’s fangs.  This is a pop-up book that’s going into an upcoming exhibit in our library – unfortunately, one side of Dracula’s teeth had become detached and pushed back into his mouth. Using tweezers, I carefully unfolded his teeth, and […]

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Library Book + Dog + Tape = Bad Idea

This was a book that was damaged by a dog, and “fixed” with packing tape by a patron. 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 […]

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Stop. Leaving. Sticky notes. In. Library. Books!

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💔 💔 💔 💔 No love for whoever used these pink heart-shaped sticky notes in one of our library books. They are now firmly attached to the page, even after only being placed there less than 8 months ago. Our circulation staff sent this book to Preservation after they tried to remove one of the […]

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Somebody memorialized their Eureka moment on the title page of this library book.

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This is why I can’t stop giggling while working on this 18th century herbal.