Restoration, Conservation and Preservation

Restoration, Conservation and Preservation

Conservation laboratory

Opened in 1991, through donations from Sir Dorab Tata Trust and Tata group of companies. The following processes are carried out. Acid layer from the selected book or manuscript is removed, it is fumigated, treated chemically, covered with tissue paper and rebound. Priority is given to damaged or fragile books. The Society's Library is one of the few libraries in India undertaking this task.

Compact Book Shelving System

Since 1999, additionel space has been created in the renovated basement, by installing a Compact Book Shelving System, in which mobile steel racks store books in a dust-free, pilfer-free environment. Over a lakh of books and periodicals have been shifted to the mobile racks. The project was made possible by a donation from State Bank of India, Associated Cement Companies and Industrial Development Bank of India.

Special Collections Room

To house the rarest of the rare books, an air conditioned room in the basement was inaugurated in 1999 through a donation from Hindustan Lever Limited. The Special Collections Room has mobile racks as well as special cupboards to house extra large books. Over 10,000 books have been selected and accommodated here