Preservation Lab Facilities and Sub-Units

Hours:

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

Location:

The E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab is not generally open to the public, but the staff give frequent tours and workshops.  For more information, please contact the Interim Head of the Preservation Lab, Mechael Charbonneau.

The E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory is located at 851 North Range Road, 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 Range Road (to your left) / Pete Ellis Drive (to your right). Turn left onto Range Road and follow the road past the curve to the left. The Preservation Lab is located in the Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility.  Indiana University C and E permit parking as well as handicapped parking are all available.

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

Entry Instructions:

Step in through the front doors into the vestibule. On the east wall, the left side as you face into the lab, 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, Interim Head of Preservation

Our main Lab number is 812-856-0991

Alternately, individual staff can reached directly for assistance.

Sub-Units:

There are four functional sub-units within the Preservation Department, each has its own page of staff and descriptions of the work they perform.

General Collections Conservation
Paper Conservation
Bindery Preparation
Automated Boxmaking

General description of the main areas of the Craig Preservation Lab

The main footprint for all of Preservation's lab, office, and storage spaces is approx. 60 x 100 feet, so about 6,000 SF of contiguous space, another room for water and mold remediation (209 SF), and 2 outside walk-in freezers. The main space is divided up into:

  • General Collections Conservation lab (2,227 SF)
  • Paper Conservation lab (516 SF)
  • Special Collections Conservation lab (759 SF)
  • Machine/dirty room (257 SF)
  • Secure storage (140 SF)
  • Photo documentation room (186 SF)
  • Supply room (234 SF)
  • Automated Box-making room (516 SF)
  • Shared use office/processing space (952 SF)
  • Two offices (203 and 130 SF)

We share with the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF):

  • conference room (230 SF)
  • break room (224 SF)
  • rest rooms/janitorial (432 SF)
  • loading docks 

Activities housed in Preservation are:

·         General Collections Conservation
·         Paper Conservation
·         Automated box-making
·         Water and mold remediation
·         Special  collections conservation and exhibit prep 
·         Commercial Binding Preparation

Below is a copy of the floor plan for the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab as it was originally conceived.  However not all of the functions that were planned for were implemented.  Reformatting, shown in room 140K, is currently done as part of the Library’s IT department and is located in the Wells Library.  Room 140K houses the Lab’s copier, printer and a scanner that is used for replacement pages as well as a general purpose workstation.

Preservation Lab Architectural drawing of floor plan

Descriptions and photos of the main room of the Craig Lab are as follows.  For a more complete discussion of the activities of each of the main units of the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab, please see their respective information pages elsewhere on this site.

Room 140 – General Preservation Workroom

Preservation Lab main workroom

 

The General Collections Workroom is where most of the work on the circulating collections takes place.  Two full-time conservation technicians have their benches in this area along with the work space for the Head of General Preservation and Conservation Services.  In addition, there are several work areas for our hourly staff.

Equipment:

Board shear, ~56"
Crimper
4 map cases end-to-end and counter top
Very long work table (equal length to the 4 map cases)
Job backer
1 large press; 6 small presses
3 u-shaped benches (2 techs., head)
3 benches at a long counter (students work there, and at long table)

Room 140G – Special Collections Workroom

Preservation Lab Special Collections workroom

 

The Special Collections Workroom is a shared space where the Lilly Library conservation staff are located when their work brings them to the Lab (much of their work is focused on the Lilly Library exhibition program and so much of their work is done in the Lilly Library).  In addition, the staff of the Paper Lab use the large flat space to do much of their mending and repairs of larger works and also make heavy use of the ultrasonic wielder for encapsulating maps and posters as needed and which is located in this room.

Equipment:

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
Desk

 

Room 140F: The Paper Lab, aka the Wet Lab

Preservation Lab Paper Conservation workspace

 

Equipment
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 not only the automated box-making machine, but also the guillotine plus much of the board stock used to make enclosures.

Work Room, Room 140E, is largely a machine/dirty room there can be found:
Dry-mount press
Drill press
Band saw
Bench grinder
Kwik-print
Board slotter
Utility sink

Water and mold remediation room is not marked on the floor plan and is located just outside the Lab itself.  In it there are:
Wei T'o freezer
Fume hood
Disaster response equipment

In addition there are two outdoor walk-in freezers, each approximately 12' x 8' x 10'.