Please note that Marsh’s Library will be closed on Wednesday April 17th 9:30am – 12pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

pages air drying


Marsh’s Library operates a bindery which works on the conservation and preservation of its rare books, manuscripts, maps, prints and drawings and archival material.

You can support this essential work by your donations.

How Do You Conserve A Book?

These images show the process of conserving and repairing a beautiful atlas, published in Amsterdam in the 1660s by Johannes Blaeu.

Preparation for a new spine on a book

The spine of this atlas was damaged, and the boards were detached.

Preparation for a new spine on a book

Setting up the cords for the new spine

Preparation for a new spine on a book

Almost ready to cover the new spine with vellum.


Dr Jason McElligott, Director,
Marsh’s Library,
St Patrick’s Close,
Dublin D08 FK79.

Telephone: (01) 454-3511
or from outside Ireland +353-1-454-3511

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