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Processing and Mending of our physical collections occurs in the Mendery, located in Technical Services on the main floor of the Library.  We are committed to keeping our collection in good circulating condition.



All items coming into the Library need to be cataloged and processed for circulation. Processing includes covering, stamping, labeling and in some cases, binding. Items coming from our largest supplier (GOBI) are already processed; books from other vendors need complete processing. Loose items like music scores with parts need a binder, generally made to fit. Plastic or Mylar covers are all custom cut and serve to protect the dust jacket. We use only archival products to process collections. Processing ensures items will remain in circulation and require the least amount of maintenance.


Items come into the Mendery from Access, Information, and User Services, Technical Services, or the Library Annex. Each item is inspected to determine the level of circulation and if justified, preservation. Typical repairs to books address damaged spines and hinges, torn or missing pages, worn edges or warping. Occasionally we rebind an item by drilling holes for sewing or hardware, or hole-punch pages for a new spiral comb. Using good tools and supplies are important for preservation, along with some experienced hands.

We actively mend or repair any Library materials, as well as other course materials belonging to students, staff and faculty. If you believe that your university owned or class required material is in need of mending, please fill out the form linked below.




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