Commercial binding is an economical form of preventive care that helps books survive heavy library use. It also provides support for materials that are not easily shelved without damage. In addition, binding journal issues together makes it easier for library users to locate them, as the title and call number are clearly marked on the spine. Library binding uses specific materials and methods to make sure the book lasts as long as possible and is easily used by readers.
Preservation Services prepares about 14,000 volumes a year for commercial binding. Approximately 65% are journals and 35% are books.