When Bad Things Happen to Good Books

Peter J. Shields Library — Lobby Display Cases
Spring and Summer 2009

On exhibit in the Shields Library lobby is a collection of books received by the Preservation Department for restoration treatment due to damage as a result of careless handling or deliberate defacing. In addition to the highlighting and/or ink and pencil marks, stains from food and liquids often result in permanent damage requiring the replacement of the book, when possible. This display is just a small sample of the books received in Preservation which are defaced or stained in some way, an estimated 25% of their restoration workload.

Preservation staff have assembled this exhibit to raise awareness of the need to handle these shared collections with care, ensuring they are available for use by generations to come.

For additional information, please contact the Margaret B. Harrison Preservation Department, Shields Library, (530) 752‑6040.