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Penn State University Libraries

Conservation Unit

Bill Minter

William "Bill" Minter, Senior Book Conservator
402 Pattee & 112 Cato II
(814) 863-2885

About the Unit

Established in 2005 with the hiring of a part-time conservator, this unit is responsible for the examination, evaluation and conservation treatment (repair) of rare and valuable documents, photographs, books, ephemera, maps, posters, works of art on paper, and other collections within the Special Collections Library, other subject libraries and the branch campus libraries.

In 2007/2008 physical space for the Conservation laboratory and offce space was secured at the Cato Park II library annex facility.  Two rooms occupying a total of 1,032 square feet were retrofitted to accommodate both wet and dry treatment areas.

In 2013 the Unversity Libraries received a $1.25 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new full-time senior conservation postion.  In Januay 2014 senior book conservator Bill Minter was hired as the Libraries first full-time conservator.


About our Work

The Conservation Program is based in 402 Pattee Library and at the Cato Park Library Annex II facility located at 3110 Research Drive, State College, PA 16803.

A bookbinding bench is located in 402 Pattee Library and two labs - a wet lab and a dry lab are located at Cato Park II. 

See our Flickr feed here -

Also see our Conservation program's contribution to University of Iowa's 30th Anniversary of its Conservation Program -


The Conservation Program services include:

Conservation treatment that includes planning, documenting and executing complex and intermediate conservation treatments on rare and special collection materials held throughout the University Libraries system following the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.  

The Program contributes to the conservation profession in the areas of specialization through services to the community, research and presentations.  Moreover, the Program serves as a educational resource for library staff, to the University, to other insitutions and regional cultural heritage communities, and to the public.  

Organizes and offers workshops for the University Libraries and for external audiences.  

For more services information, please visit our services page.


Conservation Equipment

We employ these pieces of equipment in our conservation labs. Visit our equipment page.

Conservation Terms

Definitions of Conservation Terminology

Member of the Guild of Book Workers

Making Manuscripts

ProjectsMore to come soon.