An Overview of Conservation and Restoration Services
The section primarily focuses on preserving and conserving endangered library and archival materials. Our target is to restore and bind about 600 to 1000 per year especially those documents with special/unique archival value, for example, Murumbi Africana Collection, archival material from the repositories, etc. Heavily consulted groups of records are restored. Under emergency cases, we handle fragile and weak documents and attend to them on first priority.
The section also offers training with industrial attachment offers and practical restoration is conducted for college and university students undertaking studies in information sciences, history and related subjects. Finally, the section provides professional advisory on conservation and restoration of documents at national and regional levels. We have hosted staff from Tanzania, Botswana and Zanzibar, and trained them on conservation skills.
Main Activities of Conservation and Restoration Lab Section
Restoration of damaged records
Testing of ink
Testing of pH (Acidity)
Dismantling and removal of fasteners
Preparation of chemicals for repair
Binding diversified materials
Soft cover binding
Provision of professional advice on conservation and restoration of public records at national and regional levels
Training students on attachment
Advise students in schools, colleges and universities
Advise archival institutions regionally and internationally