Under Covers: The Art and Science of Book Conservation

A person with knife at work in the conservation lab

At work in the Conservation Lab

Conservators at the University of Chicago Library keep collections safe and intact for future scholars by combining traditional craft with a knowledge of current research on processes of deterioration. Under Covers:  The Art and Science of Book Conservation reveals the techniques conservators use to preserve and repair materials in the state-of-the-art Conservation Laboratory in the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. The exhibit explores issues affecting modern and older library materials and shows conservators employing the newest scientific research in their work.

This exhibit coincides with the American Library Association’s Preservation Week (April 21-27, 2013).  It will run March 26 – October 11, 2013.

An associated web exhibit is available at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/webexhibits/scienceofconservation/

More information about Crerar exhibits is available here: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/exhibits/

Location: The John Crerar Library, Atrium, 5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago
Public Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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