Binding Preparation

The Binding Preparation Unit, located in the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab in the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF), prepares serials and selected paperback books for first-time binding, and worn and damaged books for rebinding. Approximately 500 volumes are sent to a commercial library bindery every four weeks. Binding Prep staff prepare instructions, including the method of binding and spine titling information, transmit instructions electronically, pack materials for pickup, and unpack and perform quality control on completed work.

Older serials not suitable for binding are housed in protective enclosures. Binding Preparation staff enter measurements and labeling information remotely in a database. The database interfaces with the Kasemake automated boxing machine.

Binding Prep works closely with the General Collections Conservation Unit to determine whether materials should be repaired in-house or sent for commercial library binding. Some minor treatments are performed in GCC prior to sending materials for commercial binding, such as hinging on paper covers.

The Binding Preparation Unit is staffed by one full-time staff, the Binding and Preservation Review Coordinator, and two part-time staff.

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Note: If you are seeking information about thesis binding services, contact the University Graduate School for standards, or else Thesis-on-Demand to place an order