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.


  • February ‎28 to June 30, 2017

Curated by

  • Jessica Barr

Designed by

  • Sheila Eaton

Tour the Conservation Studio

Introducing the Kelly Library Conservation Studio

Student Experience at the Kelly Library Conservation Studio

Maintaining and Preserving our Collections

Supporting Learning and Teaching

The bright and spacious Conservation Studio serves as an experiential learning centre for St. Michael’s College students. Students learn about bookbinding 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.

Last Look