Good handling principles and practice for library and archive materials

Much of the damage that library and archive collections sustain is caused by poor handling. Damage is often cumulative and not immediately apparent. A culture of good handling will significantly reduce the need for costly conservation work and ensure continued access to collections. It is the duty of all concerned to ensure that collections are preserved for future generations of users.

This resource provides guidance on handling books, documents and other library and archive materials. Links to videos and other sources of information are provided throughout the text.

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Date created: 2013

Author: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre

Publisher: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre