#Loveyourlibrary

Help Stop Book Damage

Welcome to Senate House Library's #LoveYourLibrary & Help Stop Book Damage Campaign page. We would like to repeat the message this academic year to prevent book damage so that our resources can be explored and enjoyed for years to come - and again - we need your help! 

Sense and sensibility...

Welcome to Senate House Library's #LoveYourLibrary & Help Stop Book Damage Campaign page. We would like to repeat the message this academic year to prevent book damage so that our resources can be explored and enjoyed for years to come - and again - we need your help! 

Every year we have to replace books due to underlining, highlighting, doodles and some, well, 'incredible additions' (and not in a good way!) as well as some careless mistreatment of great works. 

Some facts about preservation work (and the achievements of the Campaign)

A total of 1878 books were repaired between September 2017 and August 2018. This makes it 361 books less than the year before we started our Campaign.

During last academic year we have repaired 157 books each month, that is 17 books less per month than the year before.

The Collections mainly affected between August 2016 and July 2017 shifted from: English (299 books repaired), History (201 books repaired) and Philosophy (155 books repaired), to: History (354 books repaired) and English (176 books repaired). We have repaired 69 Philosophy books between September 2017 and August 2018, that is 86 less than the year before we started the Campaign.

If we didn't have to replace damaged books, we could buy over 120 more new items each year.

  • 1878 : books repaired between September 2017 and August 2018.
  • 157 : books repaired each month. Down 17 per month on last year.
  • 120 : fewer new items in collections because of replacement costs
PostIt Notes cause damage

Attaching Post-It notes to pages or using adhesive tape

Removal of Post-It notes can tear brittle paper and it takes valuable staff time. Adhesive tapes cause irreversible damage.

Highlighting

Highlighting, underlining and making notes in pen or pencil

This kind of damage makes it impossible for borrowers with visual impairment to use visual reading aid software with these texts. It makes text less clear when photocopying. Lastly, it also encourages other users to deface items.

Bending corners

Bending corners, food and drink stains

Stains and folds shorten the life of books, which can lead to items being removed from the Collections. Food and smells also attract mice into the library.

PostIt

Using adhesive tape

Adhesive tapes cause irreversible damage.

foodstain

Food and drink stains

Food and smells also attract mice into the library.

...not Crime and punishment 

With this treatment, some editions could be gone forever and we would like to remind you that it is your responsibility to take care of our materials so that they may be enjoyed by other readers. If we didn't have to replace damaged books, we could buy over 120 more new items each year.  

We are asking you to treat our books with sense and sensibility rather than crime and punishment before it’s too late.

How to handle books
How do we expect you to treat our books? Here are the Library's own 'Instructions':