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
Negative number: 73864

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

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Photographer: Grant Collins
State Library of Queensland Reformatting team staff member 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.

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Photographer: Troy Hansen
John Bellas carrying a pile of ruined books in his flooded home at Fairfield, 2011
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Image number: 27804-0001-0013

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 damaged and mould affected material. It provides valuable time to seek assistance from a conservator.

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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
Negative number: 33420

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 damaged and mould affected material. It provides valuable time to seek assistance from a conservator.

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Framing artworks and heritage collections, if done to conservation standards, will help protect and preserve.

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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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