Conservation Studio

The Kelly Library Conservation Studio is a state-of-the-art facility able to ensure the long-term accessibility of our archival and rare book collections. The Conservation Studio is where the library’s more delicate materials are actively maintained to support scholarship and research. It is also a teaching space where our conservator offers experiential learning opportunities for students enrolled in our undergraduate programs—particularly Mediaeval Studies and Book and Media Studies.

Using highly specialized tools and equipment, our conservator tends to the care and repair of items such as rare papers of illustrious figures; archival letters, diaries, and photos; and rare books in our special collections, meeting the challenge of protecting these items from damage and decay while ensuring scholars can use them. Damaged items can be repaired with specialized equipment, but our main approach is to prevent damage in the first place by controlling humidity, temperature, and light levels, as well as training staff how to handle objects and gauge risks to our collections.

Please contact us if you wish to learn more about the Conservation Studio.