Each year, Conservation staff repair, bind or make enclosures for 10,000-12,000 items in the UW Libraries. This care helps to preserve, stabilize or restore the usability of book and paper materials.
A 4,000 square-foot facility with a state-of-the-art ventilation system is being created from an existing storage room on the fifth floor of Suzzallo LibraryThe new conservation facility will dramatically increase the Libraries capacity to care for rare books, manuscripts, maps, and drawings, by allowing the Libraries to perform more complicated conservation treatments in-house. Want to know more? Watch a of our new space, or view our online exhibit, "What's Going on Here?"
Mellon Foundation challenge grant
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 our special collections by allowing the Libraries to perform more complicated conservation treatments in-house. Read more and learn how you can help.