General Collections Conservation (GCC) is responsible for stabilizing and improving the condition of the research book collections and other materials, primarily those in bound form. We repair worn and damaged materials identified through use, transfer, survey, or other collection management activity, and stabilize newly acquired materials for the rigors of library use.
We use a collections-conservation approach, focusing first on the highest-priority materials and using cost-effective methods. We extend the useful life of general collection items using established treatments, and stabilize and conserve older and special materials using minimally interventive, reversible treatments customized for each item.
The Indiana University Libraries Book Repair Manual documents our standard treatment procedures for non-rare materials.