Basic preservation for library and archive collections

Preventive measures can considerably extend the useful life of collections, and are usually much more cost-effective than interventive measures taken to remedy damage after deterioration has taken place.

This resource provides a starting-point for those managing library and archive collections in all types of institution. It outlines external causes of deterioration of collections, including poor handling or storage, theft or vandalism, fire and flood, pests, pollution, light and incorrect temperature and relative humidity, and indicates the preventive measures that should be taken.

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Date created: 2013

Author: Alison Walker

Publisher: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre