The Mendery is the Libraries’ conservation unit. Each year, Mendery staff repair, bind or make enclosures for 10,000-12,000 items in the Libraries. This care helps to preserve, stabilize or restore the usability of book and paper materials.
In October 2012, the Libraries received a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a new senior conservator position in Preservation Services. The creation of this position has dramatically increased the Libraries capacity to care for the fragile rare books, manuscripts, maps, and drawings in Special Collections, by allowing the Libraries to perform more complicated conservation treatments in-house. Read more and learn how you can help
Conservation at the UW Libraries compliments commercial binding, preservation replacement and other preservation services to provide the most appropriate preservation treatment for materials.