Preserving your collections

Do you have a rare book, artwork on paper, family heirloom, film or photograph that you want to know how to care for correctly at home?
Are your precious old family photos starting to crack and fade?

Are you worried about your digital files and how to keep them safe?

Have your precious items suffered damage in a flood, storm or by being attacked by mould or pests?

The Conservation team at State Library of Queensland ensure the long term preservation of the State Library's heritage collection, including books, ephemera, art works, documents, sheet music, film, audiovisual collections and photographs.

We offer concise, free advice to organisations and the public on a range of issues:

  • preventative conservation, including integrated pest management and environmental monitoring and appropriate enclosures
  • preservation requirements for collection storage and display areas
  • conservation treatment options for a range of library materials
  • preservation materials suppliers
  • digitisation and reformatting options and advice

How to guides

Provides useful information to help you preserve and care for your precious collections at home or at work....

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to popular conservation, microfilm and photography questions...

Salvaging damaged collections

How to deal with your personal collections that have mould problems or have been water-damaged or infested with insects...


Webcasts demonstrating some options for preserving documents and materials...

Contact us

Part of State Library's role is to protect Queensland’s unique and original assets through preservation of our physical and digital...

Caring for collections - video series

Caring for collections is easy when you know how. With the assistance of these short videos, be a custodian of...

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