How to guides

These how to guides can help you preserve and care for your collections at home or work. 

Looking after your collections

These information guides offer advice on preserving and storing your precious items:

  • paper-based items
  • books and bound material
  • parchment
  • photographs
  • digital prints
  • magnetic media
  • motion picture film
  • preservation planning for large collections.
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Interior view of Ashley, a residence at Indooroopilly
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
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This brief information guide covers the general care of library and archival document collections including books, diaries, documents, letters, and photographs.

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This guide covers the care of unbound paper-based collections. Material in this category encompasses works of art on paper (e.g. prints, watercolours, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink and pencil drawing...

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This page provides general information for the care of bound volumes and books, including printed and manuscript material. It outlines what causes deterioration and methods for minimising further dama...

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A guide outlining advice on storing and caring for parchment documents.

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Photos are precious memories of events, relatives, and friends. Learn how photograph collections deteriorate and how to preserve your photos.

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Is your wedding on VHS? Your music on audiocassettes? This information guide outlines how to care for magnetic media.

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This guide describes ways to preserve motion picture film collections.

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Photographer: Grant Collins
State Library of Queensland Reformatting team staff members digitising items with the Kirtas bookscaner
State Library of Queensland

Digital Preservation

Learn how to preserve your digital photographs, emails, recordings, and documents.

This guide aims to provide general information and advice for digitising your collections, family treasures and precious memories.

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Disaster recovery

These guides outline steps to salvage water-damaged paper, book, photographic, and audiovisual collections.

Helpful tips for the initial salvage of collections affected by water. It is important to attend to the damage as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage and mould growth.

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Freezing is an effective alternative to chemical methods for insect eradication in certain types of material, particularly paper based collections. It can also be used to buy time when treating water...

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Steps to salvage water damaged paper, book, photographic, and audiovisual collections. It is important to attend to the damage as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage and mould growth.

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Rat dogs pictured with their handlers, ca. 1905
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Preventive Conservation

These guides assist with planning for preservation before disaster strikes.

This is simple guide on how to wrap books with archival paper. It offers a secure and affordable option to safely protect, preserve, and transport your book collection.

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Moulds can be dangerous to people as well as collections. This guide will help you prevent mould and treat mould affected collections.

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Freezing is an effective alternative to chemical methods for insect eradication in certain types of material, particularly paper based collections. It can also be used to buy time when treating water...

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A guide providing details on how to protect collections from pest activity.

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Choosing the right storage furniture requires careful consideration. Many of the currently available materials produce by-products that can pollute and are harmful to the collections they house.

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This guide aims to provide information to help you select appropriate, safe enclosure materials to store and preserve your personal collections. A list of suggested suppliers of preservation materials...

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