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Restoration and Conservation Department

The Restoration and Conservation Department of Gazi Husrev-bey Library is a service to the most valuable library collection; a place where this precious heritage is returned to its original splendor and where its life is significantly prolonged.

Following internal operational procedures, this Department is primarily focused on the segment of restoration of paper, i.e. library materials on paper which represent majority of the library fund, including manuscripts, printed books and materials, archived newspapers, various maps, documents, etc. The accent is placed on preservation and restoration of the central library fund: manuscripts.



The Department is equipped to also include restoration of leatherwork that is often found on book covers or in the form of sheaths or book bags.The Department is equipped to also include restoration of leatherwork that is often found on book covers or in the form of sheaths or book bags.

Another specialty of this Department is in the manufacturing of paper by traditional method and its application in the process of restoration of manuscripts. Such paper, unlike modern and industrial papermaking, is of the same chemical properties and composition as that of original manuscripts.

Activities of this Department are directed toward rehabilitation of chemical, biological, or mechanical damages of an object of restoration. The procedure includes...

...equalizing of pH value of paper, restoration of cellulose fibers along with improving their flexibility and durability, upgrading the paper as a whole, leafcasting, and many other procedures to improve the general condition of an item under restoration.

The beginning of the Department was once very modest. It was placed in a small room of the old Library building. Thanks to endeavors and enthusiasm of the Library management, it has grown into a modern center occupying over 200 square meters and using the most recent technological achievements in this field.


It consists of a number of rooms designed in accordance with the process of restoration by segments: chemical and biological treatment; manual restoration; research and development; restoration of book covers and bindings, planning and records; as well as two storages of which one is specifically intended for keeping chemicals and equipment.