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Preserving the books we have and share

April 28, 2011

Libraries are stewards of many things besides books. Some of the key (often one-of-a-kind) items that require preservation are: artifacts, architectural drawings, diaries, letters, maps, memoirs, minutes, photo albums, and lectures. The intent of Preservation Week is to heighten our awareness of what we can do to preserve items we own and which are held in public collections.

Celebrating Preservation Week

University Libraries is recognizing Preservation Week (Sunday, April 24 through Saturday, April 30) with a number of outreach activities. Working with the national theme of “Pass it On,” Morgan Library will host a display starting Monday, April 25.

Preservation Week is an annual event to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. 

The event is sponsored by:

Unusual preservation projects at CSU

"We can fix the world!" jokes Diane Lunde, head of Preservation Services at CSU.  She's referring to the fact that Preservation Services repaired an old globe that has been held in the library for some time. But it gives you an idea of the wide range of tasks that CSU Libraries' preservation staff are responsible for.

This skull is held in the Course Reserve section in Colorado State's Morgan Library.

Some of the more unusual projects:

  • Cleaning and rehousing rare items such as old road maps in Archives and Special Collections
  • Creating "brain boxes" for 3-D objects such as a skull held in the Course Reserve section
  • Conservation treatments on original works held in the International Poster Collection
  • Conservation of old, local maps dating from the late 1800s (Larimer County and Weld County)
  • Dis-binding an old volume of The Western Livestock Journal in preparation for scanning

Work of Preservation Services

At University Libraries’ Preservation Services, we have:

  • Repaired 155,521 books in the Library Preservation Lab in the past 25 years
  • Conserved books that are used and used since 1996 – with one book surviving 380 checkouts
  • Disbound* 1,381 books for Resources for Disabled Students since 2006

*To disbound a book means to take it apart in order to convert the content to make it accessible for disabled readers.

For more information about the event, contact Jane Barber at (970) 491-5712 or

Contact: Jane Barber
Phone: (970) 556-5712