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Caring for your collections

Our preservation staff use specialised techniques to care for, preserve, and make accessible a range of items according to their use and significance.  As well as preserving our own collection, we offer advice and services to Queensland's regional libraries, other organisations, and members of the public.

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Caring for collections
These short videos will help you learn how to preserve your collections for future generations to enjoy.
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How to guides
Useful information to help you preserve and care for your precious collections.
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Salvaging damaged collections
Find out how to deal with personal collections that have mould problems or have been water-damaged or infested with insects.
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Demonstration videos
Preservation staff take you step by step through some techniques and tools for preserving collections.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to common conservation, microfilm, photography, and audio visual questions.
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Contact us

Online enquiry 

Use our online form and we will respond via email.

Phone enquiry

3840 7810 Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm

State Library Information Services staff will take your contact details and a member of the Conservation team will contact you.

Appointment service

Make an appointment with our staff.  We will contact you by email or phone.

Learn how to care for and store your personal items and original materials such as rare books, artwork on paper, family heirlooms, films or photographs in a personalised session with a conservator.   

Postal address

Conservation Unit
State Library of Queensland
PO Box 3488
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Workshops and talks

Our Preservation staff can also present workshops, including Skype sessions, and talks for regional and local organisations.  If you are interested, please complete an online enquiry form.

Each request is assessed on a case-by-case basis and is subject to organisational priorities.

Commercial conservations

If you have the need, a conservator in private practice can be found through the AICCM (Australian Institute for Conservation of Cultural Material).