Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
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

Conservation Unit

The Conservation Unit is housed in the Florence G. Wallace Conservation Lab in the Main Library and the Conservation Lab Annex in Giltner Hall. While much of the Lab's focus is on the circulating collections, it is equipped to handle more complex treatments from Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections and other departments with old and rare or unusual volumes, as well as flat items such as maps and posters.

  • Wallace Conservation Lab
    The main conservation lab, located in the MSU Libraries is named after Florence G. Wallace, mother of Margaret Moon, who gave the Moon Endowment, our main source of funding for conservation activities.
  • Lab Annex at Giltner Hall
    We still maintain conservation facilities and activities in our old lab in Giltner Hall. Besides book repair, we use the space for collection deacidification, mold remediation and incoming materials triage.
  • Conservation Referral List
    A list of bookbinders and conservators in Michigan who take on private work. Please contact these individuals directly for information and estimates. If you have questions about the conservation process, feel free to contact the MSU Libraries Conservation & Preservation Unit.
staff working at the Wallace Conservation Lab
A busy day at the Wallace Conservation Lab