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Preservation and Conservation

Mission: To Preserve and Protect the Emory Libraries Collections

 The Preservation Office of the Emory University Libraries was established in September 1985 to support preservation activities in all of the Emory Libraries. The Preservation staff act as a resource for the latest conservation techniques and preservation information, maintain the disaster plan for all Emory libraries, write and implement the libraries’ binding contract (thus reducing the cost per volume and increasing overall quality of the bound volumes), and monitor environmental conditions and lighting levels to protect our collections in storage and exhibition areas in all library buildings. The Conservation Unit, established in 1987, provides care for the physical condition of all Emory University library collections, both rare and circulating.

Staff of the Preservation Office have played active roles in local and regional preservation efforts, such as teaching LYRASIS (formerly SOLINET) book repair workshops, participating in the Heritage Emergency Response Alliance and the Southeast Regional Conservation Association, and acting as consultants to our community and the public. Nationally, staff have been or are involved in the American Institute of Conservation, The Guild of Bookworkers, American Library Association (participating as committee chairs and in program and conference planning committees), the Library Binding Institute, the Association for Information and Image Management, the Research Libraries Group, and NISO. All staff are committed to acting as information resources concerning preservation issues.


Conservation Services to the Libraries

One conservator and three conservation technicians specializing in book and paper collections staff the conservation laboratory along with numerous student assistants. Our prime responsibilities are for conservation of the special collections and physical treatment of the general circulating collections of all the Emory libraries.

Conservation Unit staff provide public education, training, preventative services and a broad range of conservation treatments including:

  • Environmental monitoring of collections areas (including 24/7 temperature and humidity recording, monitoring light levels in exhibition areas, and pest management monitoring);
  • Emergency response, recovery and salvage of materials damaged from flood, fire, and other misfortune;
  • Staff and student assistant training in the care and handling of library materials;
  • Collections condition/conservation needs assessment and preservation planning surveys;
  • Special projects including preparation of materials for digitization or going on loan or exhibition;
  • Supporting the Emory Libraries’ Exhibition Team;
  • Quality control on items returning from commercial library binding.


The physical treatments we perform include:

  • Book repair for general collections including paper mending, spine replacement, pamphlet binding and in-house rebinding;
  • Full scale complex treatments: washing, mending, resewing and rehousing for special collection materials;
  • Constructing various custom-fitted protective boxes/enclosures to house rare materials, and encapsulation of paper documents;
  • Matting, mounting, and other preparation of library materials for loan and/or exhibition.


Take a workshop!

Learn about Preserving your personal collections and treasures, how to care for and handle books and library materials, and other preservation topics.

See the library workshops page for our current schedule.

Preservation and Conservation

Ann Frellsen
Ann Frellsen: 404-727-0307

Preservation Staff



Lars Meyer
Director, Content Division
(404) 727-2437


Book & Paper Collections Conservation


Ann Frellsen
Collections Conservator
(404) 727-0307

Kirsten Wehner
Conservation Coordinator
(404) 727-9042

Julie Newton
Conservation Coordinator
(404) 712-3426

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