About this Exhibit

Conserving and Preserving Our Collections

WITH OVER 27,000 PRE-1900 BOOKS, the official records of the College, and the private papers of illustrious figures in our special collections, the John M. Kelly Library has the responsibility to ensure their continued accessibility and use. With this in mind, the Library developed and built the Conservation Studio to preserve and conserve our collections. The opening exhibit in 2017 focused on materials housed in the Kelly Library and explored conservation methods that would ensure the longevity of these materials.


New studio at St. Michael’s College is conserving pages of history, By Evan Boudreau, The Catholic Register, March 16, 2017


Tour the Conservation Studio


  • February ‎28 to June 30, 2017

Curated by

  • Jessica Barr

Designed by

  • Sheila Eaton

Maintaining and Preserving our Collections

Supporting Learning and Teaching

The bright and spacious (sq feet) Conservation Studio features [add list of features and interesting facts] and serves as an experiential learning centre for St. Michael’s College students. Students learn about bookbinding, signature sewing [need an accurate description] and participated in sewing the chapbooks for the Cumhdach imprint. The Kelly Library also hosts conservation-related lectures and tours for students, alumni and guests.

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