May 18, 2022

Penn Libraries (U. of Pennsylvania): A New Conservation Lab Opens Inside Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

From Penn Current:

The Penn LibrariesKislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts renovation project started in 2010 is now complete with the opening of a new conservation laboratory.

Located on the fifth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, the glass-enclosed Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory is equipped with all of the tools that conservators need to preserve and conserve materials—ranging from medieval manuscripts to 21st century books—and is the newest addition to the Penn Libraries’ preservation program. The Kislak Center for Special Collections is home to about 300,000 rare books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts.


Future plans include holding classes in the lab so that students will have the opportunity to get involved in the preservation of the Libraries’ collections. In addition, workshops will be held for audiences, such as collectors and conservation professionals.

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