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Libraries Conservation Center tour

Libraries Conservation Center tour

BAG Event

September 29, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The UW Libraries recently completed construction of a new conservation facility to provide care for book and paper materials from throughout the 9-million item collection. The 4,000 sq.ft. space was built in part to support an endowed conservator position partially funded by an Andrew W. Mellon award.  Previously, the conservation staff worked together in a crowded basement with limited support for complex treatment to meet the Libraries’ needs. The new facility adds to existing capacity with a wet lab equipped for chemical treatments, washing, humidification and light bleaching; photo documentation and examination equipment, custom storage, and increased workspace.  The result is an inspiring amalgam of traditional and contemporary skills and equipment. And last but not least, there is natural light!

Book Arts Guild members are invited to a special tour, to see the space and learn more about the conservation treatment, binding, and housing done for the Libraries’ collections. The event will begin in the Suzzallo 5th Floor conference room, with a brief overview of the design process and construction. Then, attendees will adjourn to the Conservation Center for tours and talk with the staff, including Justin Johnson, Kate Leonard, Judith Johnson, and Molly Gullett.

Space is limited to 35; RSVP by September 28 to Kate Leonard, katel@uw.edu or 206-543-2273

Directions to the 5th Floor Conference Room, Suzzallo/Allen Library:

Go to the main elevators in Suzzallo Library [the older part of the Suzzallo and Allen Library] across from the Reference desk on the 1st Floor.  Take the elevator to the 5th Floor.  As you get off the elevator, doors to the Conference Room will be open and right in front of you.



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