Preservation and Conservation

Buhr Remote Shelving Facility
837 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
(734) 763 6980 (p)
(734) 615-7117 (f)

The Department of Preservation & Conservation coordinates services for the care and maintenance of the University Library's collections: to prevent damage, to extend useable life, or to repair damage. Operations include first-time hard-cover binding of serials and paperbacks, rebinding, deacidification, and repair of materials in the general collections as well as comprehensive conservation treatment of rare and special collections materials. The Department of Preservation & Conservation coordinates preservation activities for the Library's digital collections.

Preservation & Conservation staff routinely prepare and send selected materials out to contract vendors for binding or deacidification. Highly skilled specialists care for other materials in a well-equipped conservation laboratory located in the Buhr Building. Staff also act as technical advisors to the Library on such issues as storage and storage environments for collections, display, and disaster recovery.

The Department of Preservation & Conservation is divided into five functional units:

For information how to get a book listed in U-M Library Catalog Search as located in one of the Preservation & Conservation units, or to find out whom to contact for specific problems, go to the FAQ page.

If you are trying to contact Preservation Reformatting Services, this unit has moved to the Library Information Techonology Division and is now the Digital Conversion Unit in Digital Libraries Production Services.

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Last modified: 02/08/2019