Mending and Binding

Materials which library departments identify as being worn or in need of repair are brought to the Resource Management Unit. Those that can be repaired with Library resources are treated and returned to the shelf. Staff search the Library’s discovery system to identify any duplicate copies and newer editions in the collection, and check standard bibliographic tools to determine the availability and cost of a replacement copy or new edition. The bindability of the worn or damaged item is determined.  The appropriate Collection Strategist Librarian reviews each title, recommending photocopying, preservation boxing, transfer to Special Collections, or withdrawal of titles that can not be rebound, and indicating whether bindable titles should be rebound or replaced with exact copies or new editions. Titles not available for immediate purchase maybe pursued on the out-of-print market.

The library routinely binds periodical backsets not retained in microform.  Monograph titles acquired in paperbound or looseleaf form are (re)bound on receipt if the quality of the original binding and anticipated level of use warrant doing so. The librarians responsible for the Fine and Performing Arts, Career, Documents and Maps, Reference, and Youth Collection and for Special Collections may recommend that a particular title be bound on receipt. Titles with quality paperback bindings and those that are expected to receive light use are placed in the Stacks without being first rebound.

Revised July 2004, October 2009, March 2018

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