Does your book need repair? Identifying Common Damage & Repair Options

January 10 2024
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This video is part of the Bibliographical Society of America's Community Content for Teaching & Learning series. 

This is a basic introduction for all book lovers—scholars, collectors, artists, and more—who are interested in the care and repair of their books. Is one of your beloved books falling into disrepair? Professional bookbinder and book artist Don Taylor and bookbinding apprentice J Hughes provide tips about the DIY book repairs you can do right at home—as well as what issues might require the assistance of a specialist. Following a brief overview of helpful tools and materials, Taylor and Hughes show examples of repairs in progress at the Robertson Davies Library, located in the Massey College Bibliography Room and Print Shop at the University of Toronto. To see more from the Robertson Davies Library, please visit their YouTube channel @TheRobertsonDaviesLibrary. This video was created thanks to generous support from the Bibliographical Society of America’s Peck-Stacpoole Grant.
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