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Caring for collections - online induction resource

This online resource is aimed at library staff who handle books and documents. It provides an overview of how to care for the books and documents in library collections and why this is important. 

The resource has been developed as part of a joint preservation learning programme by RLUK and the British Library. 

  • The importance of caring for collections
  • Deterioration and damage
  • Handling books
  • Transporting books
  • Storing books
  • Environmental conditions
  • Mould
  • Pests
  • Security
  • Disasters and salvage

Each section includes information and photographs to guide you as well as quizzes and tasks. A set of key points and links to additional information is also included. The resource does not have to be completed in one session, it is possible to leave the resource at any point and return to it later. To use Caring for Collections you need to have Flash 6.0.79 or above installed on your computer. Download the latest version of Flash


Workbook (PDF format) 324KBOnline resource (Flash)

A workbook has been designed to be used alongside the resource. It contains a summary of the tasks, key points and links to additional information from each section along with space for you to make your own notes.

The British Library and Research Libraries UK would like to thank all those who have helped in the development of this resource.

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