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Commercial Binding

bound and unbound journals

The UW Libraries uses commercial binding to extend the life of worn, damaged books and to provide support for materials that are not easily shelved without damage. In addition, binding thin journal issues together makes it easier for library users and staff 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 books last as long as possible and are easily used by readers.

Conservation and Preservation staff work together to provide the most appropriate preservation treatment for materials.  Some materials are sent out for commercial binding whereas others needing more special attention are repaired or bound by conservation staff.

Preservation Services prepares about 14,000 volumes a year for commercial binding.  Approximately 65% are journals and 35% are books.

For more information on library binding and certified library binders, see the Library Binding Council website.