Preservation Services

close up of hands sewing a bookThe Smithsonian Institution Libraries is committed to the preservation, safe exhibition, and long-term access to its collections, many of which are irreplaceable. Our comprehensive preservation program includes the coordination of all library-wide activities relating to the preservation of library collections; conservation treatment of special and general collections needed for research, exhibition or digitization; collection maintenance and shelf preparation activities; commercial binding of serials and monographs; reformatting to microfilm or photocopy; disaster planning and response; environmental control; staff and user education; and public outreach.