The library hosted "Restoration Workshop" classes as part of The Book Professors Club for children on October 28.
Young professors had a rare and unique opportunity to "penetrate" the real Restoration and Conservation Department of the National Library of Belarus. The excursion for young professors was conducted by Diana Muratova, Head of the Department.
Any damaged book from the shelf of the book depository goes to the restoration workshop. The task of the restoration is to eliminate the damage, to ensure the possibility of its use by the reader for a long time, while preserving its informational, historical and artistic value. A restorer seeks to prolong the life of the book in the future, preserving the past in it. Each edition or manuscript has its own destiny, so it is necessary to preserve the history with all the accumulated touches, the image and energy of the book. Book restoration is a delicate process that requires high skill of the restorers, knowledge of technology, material properties, and creativity.
The participants saw an interesting room filled with special equipment and materials for the "treatment" of books, learned what kind of "diseases" books have and how to properly handle them.
Bibliology Research Department