Libraries and Collections
Preservation Program

Conservation Center

The UCLA Library formally established a conservation center in 2004 with the assistance of major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Conservation staff members perform book and paper repairs on both circulating and special collections held by UCLA libraries in order to provide users with greater access to Library holdings. They work on materials ranging from rare books and manuscripts to maps and architectural drawings and also make custom enclosures for fragile items requiring protection and pamphlet binders for thin materials.

In addition, the center provides training for library staff in preservation decision-making, workflow, and materials handling. Assessment regarding preservation and housing needs is available for existing Library collections as well as those about to be acquired.

Internship Opportunities

Every summer the conservation center offers a paid, eight-week internship for a student working toward admission to a formal conservation graduate program. Contact the department for application details and deadlines.

Local Conservators

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) maintains a database of conservators in every specialization including book and paper repair. Its website also has a useful page on how to choose a conservator for a collection or for individual item.

Caring for Personal Collections

Both AIC and the Library of Congress have excellent free publications that offer information on how best to care for personal collections.

Contacts

Kristen St. John
Collections Conservator
11000 Kinross Avenue
Phone 310.794.1566

Wil Lin
Conservation Technician
11000 Kinross Avenue
310.794.1523