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TitleHistorical Book Repair Guide
TagsBookbinding Books Adhesive Preservation (Library And Archival Science) Book Design
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Total Pages35
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Collections care and repair play an increasingly important role in
library operations. Limited budgets and resource sharing mean
that fewer volumes are expected to meet the demands of more
users. Maintaining these materials in usable condition is a chal-
lenge for all libraries: school and public libraries must keep items
in circulation as long as needed; academic and research libraries
must preserve collections over the long term. No matter what
your library’s mission, Gaylord has a long tradition of providing
the products and the expertise to help you build an appropriate
collections care program.

As an important part of that tradition, Gaylord has offered train-
ing manuals for the repair of books since 1924. This latest edition
of Bookcraft® continues this tradition, with updated techniques for
the maintenance and repair of books in school and public
libraries. The procedures are simple, cost-effective, and require
few tools or pieces of equipment.

The repair procedures in this manual are intended for circulating
collections, only. The care, preservation, and repair of rare or
antique books should be left to professional bookbinders and
book conservators. For further information on proper handling
and storage of rare books and bound materials, please consult
the listings in Section 3, Resources.

Unless otherwise noted, all the items mentioned in this booklet
are available from Gaylord. Call 1-800-448-6160 for a free catalog
or visit us online at

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All rights reserved.
Printed in the USA

Bookcraft® is a registered trademark of:
Gaylord Bros.
P.O. Box 7272
Syracuse, NY 13221-4901

Gaylord Bros. gratefully acknowledges the author of this booklet:
Nancy Carlson Schrock

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Method 1: Using Laminates
Recommended Materials:

• Durashield Laminate (VC969)
• Shears (D7778)
• Bone Folder (6481)

Step 1: Place the book on the laminate and trim, leaving approximately 1" around the edges.

Step 2: Remove protective backing.

Step 3: Place on flat surface, adhesive side up. With book closed, center on the laminate.
Cover one side, and then smooth over the spine.

Step 4: Rub down with a bone folder. The laminate may be removed and readjusted if necessary.

Step 5: Snip off laminate corners, allowing for the correct thickness of the cover.

Step 6: Slit the laminate at the spine.

Step 7: Fold the overlapping edges around cover. Trim off spine ends.

Step 8: Smooth over with a bone folder

Method 2: Using Precut Covers
Recommended Materials:

• Repositionable Pre-cut Book Protectors (2/book) (520)
• Shears (D7778)
• Bone Folders (6481)

Step 1: Strip the spine-backing sheet from the Precut Cover.

Step 2: Position flap on spine, making sure to align spine with the Precut Cover.

Step 3: Press spine flap in place, smooth with a bone folder.

Step 4: Lift cover and strip backing from the Precut Cover.


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Step 5: Apply laminate down on cover. Laminate may be removed and readjusted if necessary.
Work from the spine across middle to cover edge.

Step 6: Smooth out from the center to each end. Rub down with a bone folder.
Step 7: Fold in the precut laminate flaps around the cover edges.
Step 8: Trim cover where necessary. Repeat the process for the second cover (other side).

Preservation Tip:
After applying plastic coverings to new paperbacks, the inner hinge may be reinforced with
hinge tape. If the paper is thin, weak, or brittle, do not use hinge tape.

Method 3: Using Vinyl Covers
Recommended Materials:

• Crystal Shield Adjustable Covers (VX675)
• Transparent Vinyl Covers (739)
• Bone Folders (6481)

Step 1: Slide front cover of paperback into sealed left side pocket of the vinyl cover.

Step 2: Wrap the vinyl cover around the book. Open back cover.

Step 3: Fold over the end of the vinyl cover.

Step 4: Slide open strap at tight end of vinyl cover over back cover of the paperback.

Step 5: Close paperback and slide vinyl cover down the enclosed paperback cover until slack
has been taken up.

Step 6: Crease edge flat with bone folder.


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Choose storage materials that are acid-free, lignin-free, and
buffered to help prevent acid-migration over time. Place
papers in archival quality file folders with like size items and
store in document cases or storage cartons. Store in an
environment with stable temperature and relative humidity.
Use clean, white cotton gloves for handling to prevent
damage from dirt and fingerprints.


Paper enclosures will protect from light, dust and handling.
For items that will be viewed more often, plastic enclosures
made of Melinex®, polyethylene or polypropylene will enable
viewing while protecting the fragile surfaces from handling.
Always use lint-free gloves when handling photographic
materials.All enclosures for photographic materials should
pass the Photo Activity Test (PAT).


Use acid-free enclosures and boxes to protect from dust and
abrasion in long-term storage. Specially-sized envelopes,
sleeves, cases and boxes are designed to store records, movie
film, x-ray film, microfiche, microfilm and audio tape and to
protect against damage from light, off-gasing, film deteriora-
tion and the environment.


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for Archival Solutions

This booklet has provided information techniques for the proper maintenance and repair
of circulating books. For more valuable or rare book collections, as well as additional
types of collections, Gaylord carries products that can provide proper archival
care and storage. General guidelines for archival care include:

➤ Use of appropriate storage materials
➤ Maintaining a stable environment with limited light
➤ Handling of objects with care

When planning archival storage for:

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