CARE AND HANDLING OF LIBRARY MATERIALS Guidance for Library Users Prepared by Preservation and Imaging Department of the Harvard College Library Weissman Preservation Center of the Harvard University Library 2007
Library User Responsibilities • Handle library materials carefully. • Safeguard library materials forfuture users.
Remove a book from the shelf by pushing back the books on either side, so you can grasp it in the middle.
Do use bookmarks that are thin, clean, non-acidic, and will notdamage or distort bindings.
Do not expose library materials to water, which can cause deformation and staining
If library materials get wet, please return them to the library IMMEDIATELY. Time Matters!
Please avoid eating and drinking near library materials. This can attract vermin and insects.
If you damage library materials, don’t attempt to repair them yourself. Please return them to the library as soon as possible.
Thank you for helping us take care of Harvard’s collections.