Collection Care

Collection Care

The Collection Care program includes preventive preservation activities and a production-oriented team that handles the stabilization, preparation, and assessment of circulating collections for storage and use. 


Collection Care manages and supports the collection-level care of Stanford Libraries’ circulating and special collections with the following activities: 

  • Care and handling education

  • Collection intake assessments 

  • Collection isolation and quarantine

  • Integrated pest management

  • Environmental Monitoring

  • Collection Emergency Response

  • Preservation assessments and surveys


Commercial library bindery, shelf preparation, collection repair, and the use of preservation quality housings and enclosures remain core item-level preservation activities for our circulating print and media collections.

  • Bindery preparation and receiving

    • Bindery staff identify incoming general collection materials for binding as part of the regular department processing workflow and send circulating materials for binding as needed. Staff prepare materials using ABLE bindery software and perform item level quality control upon return. All items are bound to current library standards.

  • Circulating collection repair

    • Collection repair staff evaluate circulating collections for repair and housing needs, perform basic book and paper repair, and handle end processing of fragile and brittle items.

  • End processing and shelf preparation

    • End processing staff prepare library print, video, and optical media collections for circulation and shelving per internal guidelines for call number generation and placement, assess for repair, route for bindery, and make protective book jacket covers.

We handle the following materials through our regular workflow:

  • Print: monographs, serials, pamphlets, loose pages.

  • Optical media: DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, Laser Discs, and video games.

  • Other: conservation enclosures, Microfilm, Microfiche, VHS tapes, and mixed media ephemera.


Contact Hannah Moshier, Preservation Librarian, for more information on department services or workflows.