Planning and Constructing Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook

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Constructing or renovating a book and paper conservation lab offers an exciting opportunity for developing or improving a conservation program. The opportunity may become a daunting task for even the most seasoned conservator, let alone an administrator who has less direct understanding of how a conservation lab functions. Planning and Constructing Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook is a critical resource for those planning new or remodeled conservation labs for book and paper collections. It offers useful tips, common practices, insights, and references to relevant codes and guidelines for the design process. When the editors of Planning and Constructing Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook were faced with their own conservation lab projects, they were frustrated by the lack of published information available to assist them. In response, they have gathered current experts in the field of conservation to address basic planning, design, or specific-use elements of conservation laboratories. Planning chapters introduce concepts in 

  • project management
  • space planning
  • hybrid approaches to lab design
  • ergonomic considerations.

Technical chapters present key considerations for completing a conservation lab construction project, such as

  • fume hoods and ventilation systems
  • water purification
  • lighting
  • custom-built furniture design
  • quarantine space planning

Topical chapters offer unique perspectives on labs for work on flat paper collections and privately run conservation labs.

  Introduction 1. Project Management for the Construction of Conservation Laboratories2. Design and Layout3. Special Collections, General Collections, and Hybrid Conservation Laboratories4. Water Purification and Treatment5. Lighting6. Laboratory Ventilation and Exhaust Systems7. Custom-Built Furniture and Equipment8. Ergonomic Considerations for Furniture and Equipment in Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories9. Quarantine and Segregation Rooms10. Special Considerations for Private Book Conservation Laboratories11. Special Considerations for Paper Conservation Laboratories Appendixes

a. Additional Information on Lightingb. Additional Information on Ventilationc. Procedures and Practices for Mold/Pest Identification, Segregation, and Remediationd. Developing a Program Statement and Equipment Schedulee. Reading Architectural Plansf. Quick Reference for Recommended Equipment Specificationsg. Glossary of Common Conservation Terminology and Equipment


Jennifer Hain Teper

Jennifer Hain Teper is Head of Preservation and Conservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000. She oversaw the construction of the University of Illinois’ hybrid conservation lab, which opened in 2006. Since that time she has fielded numerous calls and visits from others looking to design or renovate a conservation lab.

Eric Alstrom

Eric Alstrom is Head of Conservation at Michigan State University Libraries. He received his MILS from the University of Michigan, where he also apprenticed in conservation under James Craven at the Bentley Historical Library. Previously he has been the conservator at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. At all three institutions, he has designed new or renovated existing conservation labs; he is currently designing his fourth lab, the second for MSU.