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Book and Paper Conservation

The Book and Paper team cares for and helps provide access to all paper-based items across the UCLA library collections.

Preventative Conservation

Preventative conservation measures reduce decay or loss by influencing factors around the collection, such as storage containers, our buildings, policies and procedures.

Audiovisual Preservation

Our AV Preservation team works collaboratively with library-wide partners to care for and provide access to our rich audiovisual heritage on analog moving image and sound formats.

Current Staff

Our skilled staff preserve cultural heritage materials across a wide variety of formats.

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Vision & Values


We champion a deep and abiding respect for and curiosity about our shared cultural heritage, and we hope to inspire that same curiosity in all who use the collections.


  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: We work together with other departments at the UCLA Library, and within our professional associations to further the task of dismantling structural racism in the field of cultural heritage preservation and conservation
  • Community Engagement: We focus on community archives, decolonization and demystifying our technical work.
  • Sustainability: We work within UCLA's sustainability goals, continually searching for ways to make our work easier on the earth and limit our contribution to global warming.
  • Collaboration: We believe all who donate to the library, work in the library and use the library have a part in the preservation and interpretation of the collections. We work to move our collaboration towards important library goals, including grants, collection outreach and relationships with community stakeholders. We partner with other UCLA, Los Angeles, and national and international cultural heritage preservation and conservation departments to share ideas, skills and support.
  • Expertise and Lifelong Learning: We uphold the goals of increased expertise for all preservation and conservation colleagues and understand our knowledge and research needs will change as the field evolves and as we move through different stages of our careers.
  • Teaching, Service and Mentoring: We share our expertise within UCLA, the city of Los Angeles, nationally and internationally. Our department strives to be a welcoming place of excellence for interns, postgraduates, visiting colleagues and pre-program colleagues.
  • Building Analytical and Technical Capacity: We understand that methods of analysis and equipment for better understanding and caring for library materials are always improving. We share equipment within UCLA as needed and work towards a regional approach to sharing analytical and technical capacities.