The University of Iowa Libraries

Preservation & Conservation Department

Preservation & Conservation Department

Welcome to the Preservation & Conservation Department!  

We are dedicated to “preserving Iowa’s past to enrich Iowa’s future” and pride ourselves on being a trusted provider of services, expertise, and training, an active collaborator in the community, and a leader in long-term collections access and preservation efforts.  

The Preservation & Conservation Department is responsible for activities that relate to the care and handling of library materials, both circulating and non-circulating and is an integral part of digital initiative planning, production and preservation. Services include commercial and in-house binding, repair, marking, attaching security tapes and in-house and vended reformatting. Specialized treatments are provided by the Conservation lab. The department provides services aimed at improving the storage condition of the collections including environmental monitoring, emergency planning and preparedness and staff and user education. 

The Conservation Department was established in 1984. The Preservation department was established in 1987, drawing together various preservation activities previously carried out in other departments. In the mid 90’s Preservation and Conservation were merged into a single department. 

Feel free to contact us with preservation questions or request for a tour of our facilities.

The Preservation & Conservation Department is a member of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium.

Preservation Beat: News

  • Documenting and Treating Scrolls: Part 3 Final

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Submitted by Katarzyna Bator and Bailey Kinsky The Buddhist scrolls from the Ficke collection had experienced pretty significant insect damage which greatly increased the risk of […]

  • Documenting and Treating Scrolls: Part 2

    Friday, July 15, 2016 Submitted by Katarzyna Bator and Bailey Kinsky Dry cleaning is the first step in most, if not all conservation treatments. Loose dirt and soil buildup collects […]

  • Documenting and Treating Scrolls: Part 1

    Thursday July 7, 2016 Submitted by Katarzyna Bator and Bailey Kinsky We are both graduate students at Buffalo State College Art Conservation Department. We are spending the summer at the […]

  • IMALERT Disaster Hotline for Cultural Collections Live July 1, 2016

    Friday, July 1, 2016 During a disaster, time is critical but help is a phone call away. IMALERT Hotline: 319-384-3673. As of today the Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency […]

  • Box Making Day

    Friday, June 10, 2016 It was all hands on deck yesterday, as staff made boxes for the many items awaiting protective enclosures in the conservation lab. The boxes ranged from […]

  • Keith/Albee Collection Update!

    Some new changes have come to the Keith/Albee Vaudeville Collection project since we have last updated.  Read more about the project here and here. Candida Pagan joined the Preservation/Conservation department […]

  • Rescuing Photographic Negatives

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 With much trepidation yesterday, I went off to work with Tish Boyer at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque to assist her in […]

  • Farewell and Best of Luck to Andrea Kohashi!

    UI Libraries Jill-of-all-trades, master of many, Andrea Kohashi leaves us today to become the University of Richmond’s Archivist and Book Arts Studio Coordinator. Andrea holds an MA in Library and Information […]

  • Highlights from 2015: DIY Collections Care

    A book from the circulating collection recently came back from inter-library loan in need of some intervention from Susan Hansen, Book Repair Supervisor at the Libraries’ Preservation & Conservation department.  The […]

  • Digitizing Hancher Posters

    By Ben Bessman, Digitization Assistant Hancher Auditorium had been a noteworthy stop for world famous musical acts, theatre productions, dance companies, and guest speakers in the Midwest since 1972, until […]