Michigan State University

Florence G. Wallace Conservation Lab

The Florence G. Wallace Conservation Lab treats (or repairs) books from both the Libraries' circulating collections as well as all the special collections, including rare books, maps, and some unusual items.

Examples of conservation treatments for circulating collections include:

  • paper mending
  • pamphlet sewing
  • tightening hinges
  • cloth reback (or spine repair)
  • board reattachment
  • new case (or new covers)
  • rehousing (placing in a protective box)

Examples of treatments for special collections items include many of the above as well as:

  • washing paper
  • advanced paper repair
  • deacidification
  • hollowback hinge repair
  • tightback hinge repair
  • full-leather bindings

The conservation lab is named after Florence G. Wallace, mother of Margaret Moon, who donated money for the renovation and outfitting of the lab. From 2004 until 2012, the lab was located in Giltner Hall, across campus from the Main Library. In 2013, the lab moved back to the Main Library in newly renovated quarters.