Advanced Book Repair

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Building on the skills learned in the Fundamentals of Book Repair class, this two-day class introduces more techniques for general collections repair.

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Circulating library collections suffer damage as a result of poor manufacturing, inadequate repairs, and heavy use. Books with small problems may become severely damaged with use. In circumstances when commercial binding is not an option or is inappropriate, experienced book repair staff can repair these volumes in-house. Building on the skills learned in the Fundamentals of Book Repair class, students will learn more complex repair techniques. This two-day class focuses on re-sewing volumes where the signatures are loose or separated, recasing a book in its original cover, and constructing a new case for the textblock. Primarily through hands-on instruction, students will learn the following techniques:

  • Recase a textblock in its original cover
  • Reinforcing the spine of a damaged case
  • Stabilization of loose signatures by mending and sewing
  • Creating and casing a textblock in new cover: replacing one that is damaged or badly worn.

  • To provide context for the repair work, lectures and exercises will address the following: preservation principles, treatment alternatives, adhesives, decision making, workflow issues, tools and equipment, and production setup. Techniques from previous class will be reviewed, and questions about tools, materials, equipment, and workflow will be discussed. The book repair procedures covered in this class are not intended for the repair of rare, archival, or special collection materials.

    Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss preservation product choices for repair.
  • Identify books that would benefit from in-house treatment.
  • Apply sound repair techniques to circulating collections.

  • Prerequisties:

    Previous attendance at LYRASIS' Fundamentals of Book Repair is mandatory for registration.

    This class is designed for library staff members with experience in book repair and/or supervisors of book repair units.
    Frequency: this class can be contracted

    Class registration on day one will begin at 8:15 a.m.; the teaching session begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m. On day two, the session begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m.

    Students will be asked to bring tools from the repair kits of the previous class.

    You may register using one of two methods:

      Register Online
      Click on "Register" above.
      PDF Form
      Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879.