The mission of the Preservation Department is to facilitate the use of information resources for as long as they are needed, and in the forms most appropriate for their effective use. In the IU Bloomington Libraries, where permanent retention is the goal, the role of the Preservation Department is to stabilize and improve the condition of the book and paper collections, ensuring that they are accessible for use by both present and future researchers. This means protecting the collections from avoidable damage and deterioration, repairing and conserving materials, and replacing or copying materials that cannot be repaired. More information about our work is available via the tabs to the left.



Staff Directory

Head, Preservation
(812) 855-8464
Collection Conservation Assistant
(812) 855-2276
Collection Conservation Assistant
(812) 855-5629
Kasemake Enclosure Specialist
(812) 856-0204
Collection Conservation Assistant
(812) 856-1070
Collection Conservation Assistant
(812) 855-3161

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8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday


The Preservation Department gives frequent tours and workshops.  For more information, please contact Elise Calvi, Head, Preservation Department.

The Preservation Department is located in the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory at the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) at 2850 E. Discovery Parkway, Bloomington, IN 47408.

If you are traveling via automobile from the Herman B Wells Library,drive east on 10th Street towards the IN 45/46 Bypass. Cross over 45/46 and continue to the stop light at the intersection of 10th Street and E. Discovery Parkway (to your left) / Pete Ellis Drive (to your right). Turn left onto E. Discovery Parkway and follow the road past the curve to the left. Turn left into the driveway right next to the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility building sign. Indiana University staff and student permit parking, visitor's spaces, and handicapped parking are available.

The Route 3 East College Mall / IU Health Hospital bus stops at the Hospital across the street. Approximately 3 minutes additional walking is required.

Entry Instructions

Enter the door indicated by a large "1" above. Once in the entry  way, there is a phone to your left to ring into the work areas. Select the button marked "Preservation" then press the "Call" button. A staff member will meet you at the door. 

Main Contact

Elise Calvi, Head, Preservation - 812-855-8464

The Department's main number - 812-856-0991


There are four units in the Preservation Preservation Department --

General Collections Conservation
Paper Conservation
Bindery Preparation
Automated Boxmaking

The E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab is approximately 6,000 SF, with labs for book conservation, paper conservation, special collections conservation and exhibit prep, photo documentation and scanning, offices, automated boxmaking, commercial bindery preparation, mold remediation (209 SF), and disaster response.

Room 140 – General Collections Conservation (aka book lab)

The Book Conservation Lab is where most of the work on the research book collections takes place.


Board shear, ~56"
4 map cases end-to-end and counter top
Long work table (equal length to the 4 map cases)
Job backer
1 large press; 6 small presses
3 u-shaped benches
3 benches at a long counter

Room 140G – Special Collections Lab

The Special Collections lab is a shared space for Lilly Library Conservation and the Paper Conservation Lab.


Board shear ~44"
Minter encapsulator
Four map cases w/ counter tops
Two u-shaped benches
Three benches at a long counter
Dry-mount press
Book press
Mat cutter

Room 140F - Paper Conservation Lab

Standing press
Drying rack
Leaf caster
Large sink
Standard sink and counter
Suction table
Fume hood
Two map cases w/ counter tops
Two table-height treatment tables
Deionizing water filtration

Enclosures, Room 140A, houses the automated box-making machine, a guillotine, and the board stock used to make enclosures.

Work Room, Room 140E, is a machine/dirty room with:

Nor-Lake 3-Door Freezer -10° to -25°C
Dry-mount press
Drill press
Band saw
Bench grinder
Board slotter
Utility sink

The mold remediation room has:

Fume hood
Disaster response equipment

In addition there are two outdoor walk-in freezers, one 12' x 8' x 10' and another 16" x 8' x 10.'