Commercial Library Binding

Library binding provides monograph and serial volumes with a strong outer covering that can protect text pages from damage during storage, transport, and use, and help to prevent loss and theft. The results of various binding methods vary, and knowing the appropriate application of each can help to ensure that binding is not damaging to text, and that volumes open well.


Commercial library binding services are provided to the Harvard Library to ensure the long-term preservation of soft-covered items and to re-bind materials with damaged bindings.


  • Evaluation of soft-covered and damaged bindings to determine optimum commercial binding options
  • Preparation and shipment to the commercial bindery
  • Receipt and quality evaluation for returned materials
  • Consultation and assistance with commercial library binding, as needed

Please contact Collections Care to learn more about commercial library binding services.