Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Wednesday, June 19, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Wednesday, June 19, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Michigan State University Libraries
Conservation & Preservation
366 W. Circle Dr.
East Lansing , MI 48824
United States

Binding Preparation

The mission of the Binding Preparation unit is to support the preservation activities and processes of the MSU Libraries. The unit coordinates the binding and rebinding of books and journals for the Main Library and branch libraries through a commercial bindery. The library's current binding contract is with the HF Group. In addition to the selection and preparation of materials to be bound, the unit is responsible for the mass deacidification of new materials and other collections of distinction. The Binding Preparation unit is also responsible for shrink wrapping materials that are too brittle to be bound. Other duties performed by the unit include: quality control of materials returned from the commercial bindery; determining the appropriate treatment for materials in disrepair; creating pockets for supplementary materials; ordering custom-made boxes for certain items; creation and maintenance of records in the online catalog; and environmental monitoring.


Staff Directory

Eric Alstrom, Preservation Librarian

Karen Keck, Library Assistant

Louis Villafranca, Library Assistant