National Library of France
Preservation at BnF: policy, laboratory, and sites
Preservation activities at Richelieu Library consist of:
The workshops of the restoration departmentThe workshops of the restoration department within the Preservation Services Department work for all BnF’s so-called special collections departments, mainly on bound documents. Several special collections departments also have their own local workshops: the Maps and Plans Department, the Prints and Photographs Department, the Coins, Medals and Antiques Department, and the Eastern and Western Manuscripts Departments. The Arsenal Library (Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal) and the Opera Library also have a workshop mainly tasked with maintaining their collections.
The department’s reproduction workshopThe department’s reproduction workshop is involved in programs to create digital backups (permanent digital images) of BnF’s prestigious collections: daguerreotypes, glass plates, painted manuscripts, drawings, engravings, and old maps and plans.
Specific to this site is: the documentation center on the preservation of graphic materials
It carries out documentary monitoring in the various areas of preservation (preservation and restoration of printed, handwritten, graphic and photographic materials, deterioration agents, preservation policy, standards and recommendations...). it also publishes and promotes internally-produced documentation, and hosts specialist researchers and students.
Monday, April 4, 2011