Preservation Services

The Harvard Library holds the largest academic library collection in the world, and the age and vulnerability of its vast holdings vary widely. The Harvard Library Preservation Program comprises state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff committed to ensuring that library materials remain secure and usable for contemporary and future scholars by employing a variety of strategies for conserving materials, digitizing physical collections, preserving library content in digital formats, and providing robust education and outreach programs.

Upcoming Events

November 29th 12:30-1:30 PM: Facing Catastrophe--IIC Nordic Group conference review. During the last few years, many countries have experienced disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, building explosions and fires, which have had a serious impact on their cultural heritage. The International Institute for Conservation-Nordic Group presented its XXI International NKF Congress on “Cultural heritage facing catastrophe: Prevention and recoveries” from September 26 – 28, 2018 in Reykjavík, Iceland.  The theme of the congress was the impact of natural and man-made catastrophes on cultural heritage.  Conservators, curators, and professionals working with the preservation of cultural heritage gathered to share knowledge and experiences to improve the protection of the cultural heritage. Topics included preventive measures, risk assessments and technical solutions, case studies of catastrophes and emergency responses, and long term recovery. Attendee Priscilla Anderson will share key takeaways from the conference at this brown bag event. 90 Mt. Auburn Room 021

December 5th 12:00-1:30 PM: Preserving Artifacts of Free Speech: Caring for Political Memorabilia webinar reprise. Connecting to Collections Care presented a recent webinar on caring for political memorabilia, such as broadsides, posters, banners, buttons, pins, bumper stickers, decals, and plaques. Many political materials are ephemeral, made out of poor-quality materials and not meant to last more than a few months. Whitney Baker discussed real-life examples of political memorabilia and solutions for their preservation. Suggested materials and supplies focused on a cost-effective and simple collections care approach. 90 Mt. Auburn Room 021