Preserving your collections

Have your family heirlooms been flood or storm damaged? Are your precious old family photos starting to crack and fade? Can they be fixed? What is the best way to store old books, letters and documents so that they won't deteriorate?

Preservation staff at the State Library of Queensland are experts in ensuring the long term preservation of all kinds of books, ephemera, art works, documents, sheet music, films, audiovisual materials and photographs.

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

  • preventative conservation
  • preservation requirements for collection storage and display areas
  • conservation treatment options for a range of library materials
  • environmental monitoring
  • reformatting options
  • preservation suppliers
  • conservators in private practice

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 collections and this includes providing advice on a range of conservation issues.

Library membership

Join online or in person at State Library to access services, collections and facilities

Library Shop online

Discover an eclectic range of books, gifts, reproduction prints and more at the Library Shop.