Kelly Library Conservation Studio

Repair and Preserve

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.

The former conservator testing the Studio’s equipment.
Introducing the Kelly Library Conservation Studio

Student Experience at the Kelly Library Conservation Studio
The former conservator explains how to repair a book spine.

Experience and Learn

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.

Conservation Studio equipment & tools.

Sewing camaraderie: students stitching Cumhdach in the Conservation Studio.