Stanford Libraries Conservation Lab

Sarah Newton with Andy the robot

The Stanford News recently published a photo essay of the Stanford Libraries Conservation Lab.

"In the Conservation Lab of Stanford University Libraries, every story has a happy ending.

Each story begins with the arrival of a university treasure – a rare book, map, serial or manuscript that needs repair, or a one-of-a-kind object that needs a custom-made box.

When damaged items arrive at the Conservation Lab, which is part of the Preservation Department and is located in Redwood City, Calif., conservators carefully assess each item's individual needs – with the goal of keeping as much of its original material as possible.

No matter what the project, their goal is to ensure that precious objects in the rich and varied constellation of special collections will be accessible to Stanford students and scholars – and to researchers from around the world – for generations to come."