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Welcome to the BPG Wiki's Book Conservation Wiki, compiled by members of the AIC Book and Paper Specialty Group. Its primary purpose is to become a practical guide to techniques, treatments, materials and technologies which are currently being used by book conservators. It will reflect the exciting variety of approaches people are taking-- so if you're a practicing book conservator, this is the place to talk about the particulars of the profession.

This page is maintained by BPG Publications Committee Wiki Coordinator for Books, Michelle C. Smith. If you would like to be involved in the Wiki, contact the BPG Wiki Coordinators at The Contributors Toolbox and Help Wanted pages contain resources and information for contributors.

Content published in the Book Conservation Wiki is not designed to substitute for the consultation of a trained book conservator. If you are considering repairing a book, it is recommended in the strongest terms to seek out a professional conservator, preferably a Professional Associate of AIC, as there are large risks associated with attempting to perform repairs yourself. Often times it leads to more complicated, expensive, and time-consuming problems down the road. To find a conservator, please visit AIC's Find A Conservator page.

Copyright 2022. The Book and Paper Group Wiki is a publication of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation. It is published as a convenience for the members of the Book and Paper Group. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein. Information on researching with the wiki and citing the BPG Wiki can be found on the Reference and Bibliography Protocols page. The BPG Wiki coordinators can be reached at

Cite this page:

Book Conservation Wiki. 2021. Book and Paper Group Wiki. American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Accessed January 19, 2022.

Book Conservation Wiki Pages[edit | edit source]

This list includes all the pages currently published on the Book Conservation Wiki.

Examination and Documentation[edit | edit source]

Structural Elements of the Book[edit | edit source]

Book Materials[edit | edit source]

Conservation Treatment[edit | edit source]

Other Pages of Interest[edit | edit source]

BPG Wiki Preservation Pages[edit | edit source]

This list includes all the pages currently published in the Preservation section of the BPG Wiki.

AIC Wiki Preservation Pages[edit | edit source]

This list includes AIC Wiki pages relating to preservation that may be of interest to book conservators.

Other BPG Wiki Pages of Interest to Book Conservators[edit | edit source]

This list includes other BPG Wiki pages that may be of interest to book conservators. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see links to all BPG Wiki pages.

Book and Paper Group Wiki
Using the Wiki

·Contributors' Toolbox ·Reference and Bibliography Protocols ·Accessing Conservation Literature (AIC) ·Help Wanted ·Template for New Page

Materials and Tips

·Annual Meeting Tips Sessions ·Materials, Equipment, and Tools ·Adhesive Recipes and Tips ·Conservation Supply Sources (AIC) ·Gels, Thickeners, and Viscosity Modifiers (ECPN) ·Oddy Tests (R&A) ·Instrumental Analysis (Paintings) ·Technical Examination (Paintings) ·Microchemical Testing (R&A)


·Selection for Preservation ·Exhibition, Supports, and Transport ·Imaging and Digitization ·Housings ·Encapsulation ·Integrated Pest Management (AIC) ·Environmental Guidelines (AIC) ·Environmental Monitoring (AIC) ·Agents of Deterioration (AIC) ·Light Levels (AIC) ·Pollutants and Contaminants (AIC) ·Emergency Preparedness & Response (AIC)

Conservation History and Ethics

·AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice ·Culturally Sensitive Treatment ·Conservation Ethics (AIC) ·History of Conservation and Conservators (AIC) ·History of the BPG Wiki