Collection preservation: preserving the physical collection of the KB
Collection Preservation expertise enables us to secure, preserve and provide access to the physical collection of the KB. For example, books must be stored in the right lighting and climate conditions, loans must be monitored and old books restored. Read on for more information about this expertise.
Preserving the collection: preventive preservation and restoration
Library material will face natural wear. The quality of material can decline due to humidity, for example, or aridity, insects or the influence of light. But also due to use. There are a number of measures we can take to prevent this degeneration (preventive preservation). We also restore books and other material wherever necessary. Before we decide which measures are needed, we carry out a thorough inspection and compile a risk analysis.
Preventive preservation entails measures that do not physically affect the material or the appearance of the objects. This could mean:
- secure storage
- checks for insects and mould
- ensuring the correct climate and lighting
- wrapping or supporting
If an object needs to be restored, we will carry out the repairs in line with national and international ethical guidelines and professional codes of conduct. When implementing measures, we always ensure that the collection remains accessible and manageable.