Preservation Programs and Services
The Preservation Office works in collaboration with Library Facilities to ensure that environmental conditions within the Libraries are maintained in accordance with guidelines for long-term preservation of collections. Preservation Office staff collect and interpret environmental data to identify and address problem areas.
The Preservation Office provides mold and pest remediation services in-house and, when necessary, through vendors. Princeton University Library materials that smell musty, feel damp, appear moldy, or show evidence of pest infestation should be brought to the attention of Preservation Office staff as soon as possible. The appropriate steps to take are available to download here:
General information on preventing, identifying, and responding to mold and pests in the library is available to download here:
The Preservation Office monitors and responds to concerns involving pests in the library, as well as consulting on preventive measures such as environmental and building management.
Preservation staff assess library collections and individual items, and formulate recommendations regarding treatment, storage, digitization, exhibition, and loans. These assessments help with prioritization and planning for preservation needs within the library.
- Caring for Collections PowerPoint Presentation
- Packing and Shipping Guidelines
- National Park Service Handling, Packing, and Shipping Guildelines for Museums and Libraries
- The Many Stations of Book Preservation - Instructional video from Brigham Young University
East Asian Materials Handling Guidelines