Advanced Book Repair: Hardcover Techniques

Advanced Book Repair: Hardcover Techniques

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

Would you like to save money by getting more uses per book? Have you already done all the easy repairs and have a shelf left over of difficult broken spines on hardcover books? Do you have staff time to do repair work, rather than budget money to replace or rebind books? This workshop is appropriate for a library staff member or volunteer who has done basic book repair or taken a basic book repair workshop and is ready to try some advanced repair techniques. Emphasis will be on spine repairs for hardcover books, where professional rebinding is not an option due to brittle paper, or lack of access to a bindery or the funds to pay for rebinding. The purpose is on getting books back into circulation, rather than on archival or long-term preservation techniques, although conservation-friendly reversible repair techniques will be the focus.
Topics covered will include:

  • Hardcover book construction
  • Types of hardcover spines
  • Materials needed for advanced book repair and where to get them
  • How to repair a cracked or broken spine
  • How to make a new spine
  • How to re-attach covers to hardbound books
  • Hollow-tube spine repair method
  • Interior hinge repair

**HANDS-ON: ONE BOOK WILL BE PROVIDED TO EACH PARTICIPANT FOR PRACTICE REPAIRS – YOU MAY BRING ADDITIONAL DISCARDED BOOKS TO WORK ON THAT ARE NOT VALUABLE (Hardcover repair workshop books may not be suitable for returning to a library collection – it takes some practice!) Some supplies will be available for sharing. Optionally, you may also bring your own book repair tools to work with, such as scissors, box cutter or Xacto knife, ruler, bone folder, glue stick, and/or glue brush.**

Friday, August 4, 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.