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Digitization and Preservation Department

Recommended Materials Handling Guidelines

Commercial Binding and In-House Options

 

Recommendations

Type of Book

In-House Options

Commercial Binding Options

 

Paperback

Less than ¼” thickness

 

Pamphlet binder

Sew or Staple

 

Textblock: Double Fan Adhesive Bind or Sew Bind

Cover: Picture Cover or Cloth

 

Paperback

Thicker than ¼” thickness

adhesive bound

 

 

Textblock: Double Fan Adhesive Bind or Sew Bind

Cover: Picture Cover or Cloth

 

 

Paperback

Thicker than ¼” thickness, sewn through the fold

 

 

Textblock:  Sew Bind

Cover: Picture Cover or Cloth

 

Paperback

Up to 9” x 12” x 3.5”

 

Reinforced paper cover

(Kapco)

 

 

Spiral-wire or plastic comb binding

 

Replace plastic comb

 

 

Periodical

Normal to heavy coated pages; sewn, glued or stapled.

For permanent retention

 

 

Textblock: Double Fan Adhesive Bind or Sew Bind

Cover: Buckram

 

Periodical issues sent to remote storage

 

Shrinkwrap

 

 

Serial (Annual)

 

 

Textblock: Sewn through the fold

Cover: Picture Cover, Cloth, or Buckram

 

Rebind

Binding not intact

 

 

Shrinkwrap

 

Textblock: Double Fan Adhesive Bind

Cover: Cloth

Deacidify

 

Rebind

Publisher’s binding

Sewing intact

 

Shrinkwrap or re-hinge

 

Textblock: Double Fan Adhesive Bind

Cover: Cloth

Deacidify

 

Rebind with brittle paper

Publisher’s binding, sewing broken or previously adhesive bound

 

 

Shrinkwrap

 

Phasebox

Deacidify