Basic Book Repair: Tools & Techniques

Basic Book Repair: Tools & Techniques

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 SOME DAMAGED BOOKS 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.**

Thursday, August 17, 2017
10:00am - 1:00pm
Sandy Smith Rosado
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown
DLD Workshop
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To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be a current staff member, Friend, or Board Member/Trustee of a library in CT. If you are an unemployed librarian in CT, please contact Gail Hurley ( or 860-704-2222) to register.

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.