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.
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.
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
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)
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"
Four map cases w/ counter tops
Two u-shaped benches
Three benches at a long counter
Room 140F - Paper Conservation Lab
Standard sink and counter
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
The mold remediation room has:
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.'