Basic Book Repair: Tools & Techniques

Basic Book Repair: Tools & Techniques

Note:  This is an IN-PERSON workshop at Eastern CT State University Library

Would you like to save money by getting more uses per book? Would you like to keep that out-of-print book in circulation to meet your library patron's needs? Would you like to quickly repair simple problems rather than purchasing a replacement? Many repairs that can extend the life of your library collection are fast and simple, and can be done with easy-to-obtain, inexpensive materials. This hands-on workshop is appropriate for a library staff member or volunteer who will be doing book repair. Emphasis will be on simple repairs for the everyday public or school library collection, rather than on archival or long-term preservation techniques.

Topics covered will include:

  • Basic book handling and cleaning, and some damage prevention measures
  • Materials needed for basic book repair and where to get them
  • How to repair a torn page & how to reinsert a loose page or group of pages
  • How to pamphlet bind and “cut” pages open
  • How to reattach a paperback cover and tighten hinges on a hardcover
  • Options to repair a worn spine or frayed corners
  • Introduction to some simple hardcover spine problems
  • When to cover, re-sew, encase, or rebind books
  • Resources for more information on book repair.

Supplies needed for the hands-on portion of the workshop will be provided; you may choose to bring your own book repair tools to work with, such as scissors, box cutter or Xacto knife, bone folder, and/or glue brush.

**OPTIONAL: BRING A DAMAGED BOOK TO SHARE AND REPAIR – Some techniques will be tried “hands-on” with provided materials; there will also be some time to review and repair damaged items brought to the workshop by participants.**

Also see Advanced Book Repair: Hardcover Techniques taking place on Friday, August 4 from 10 to 1 at ECSU as well. More information at 

Friday, July 21, 2023
10:00am - 1:00pm
Sandy Smith Rosado
J. Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
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Event Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

We want to provide what you need to participate!

If you require access services to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223.

You can also see our Library and Accessibility LibGuide for more information.

Registration Eligibility

To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be one of the following:

  • current library staff member
  • undergraduate or graduate library student
  • Friend or Board Member/Trustee*
  • retired or unemployed library staff

Please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223 with registration questions.

*Unless otherwise specified that a Friend or Board Member/Trustee is not eligible for a training or workshop.

Note: paid consultants are not eligible to attend DLD workshops or webinars.

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Gail Hurley | (860) 704-2222.

Those who miss (without cancelling) 3 events within a 6-month period will be placed on the waiting list when registering for future events. Be sure to sign in when you arrive for any workshop.

Inclement Weather Policy

For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:

If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

For the most up-to-date information, call us at 860-704-2200.

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Continuing Education workshops and the professional development collection are funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.