Photocopying of library and archive materials

Photocopying, scanning and photography are the most popular methods of copying books, documents and other archive materials. Most libraries and archives provide some form of self-service copying facility for users. Carried out incorrectly, copying can cause severe damage to collection items.

This booklet from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre describes the risks from different copying methods, and explains how these risks can be mitigated. It explains how to select appropriate equipment and determine which method is suitable for which type of material. It will enable organisations to develop policies and procedures for staff and users, which will safeguard collections and prevent unnecessary damage. It should be particularly helpful to staff working in reading/search rooms.

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Date created: 2013

Author: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre

Publisher: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre