Preservation Lab

/Preservation Lab

The mission of the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab 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 Lab 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, General Preservation and Conservation Services
(812) 855-8464
Binding and Preservation Review Coordinator
(812) 855-5629
Kasemake Enclosure Specialist
(812) 856-0204
Library Conservation Technician
(812) 856-1070
Paper Conservator
(812) 856-4463
Library Conservation Technician
(812) 855-3161

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


The E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab gives frequent tours and workshops.  For more information, please contact the Associate Dean for Technical Services and Preservation, Mechael Charbonneau.

The E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory is located at 2850 East 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 East Discovery Parkway (to your left) / Pete Ellis Drive (to your right). Turn left onto East Discovery Parkway and follow the road past the curve to the left. The Preservation Lab is located in the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility.  Indiana University staff and student permit parking, two visitor's spaces, and handicapped parking are available.

#6 and #9 Campus buses stop on 10th Street near our location. Approximately 5 minutes additional walking is required.

Entry Instructions:

Enter the front door into the vestibule. On the wall to your the left there is a phone to ring into the work areas. Select the button marked "Preservation" then press the "Call" button to ring the Preservation Lab. A staff member will meet you at the door. 

Main Contact:

Mechael Charbonneau, Associate Dean for Technical Services and Preservation

Our main number is 812-856-0991


There are four sub-units in the Preservation Lab:

General Collections Conservation
Paper Conservation
Bindery Preparation
Automated Boxmaking

The 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 – Book Conservation 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: The 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.'