The Preservation Directorate answers dozens of questions every week from the public and from colleagues at other institutions in the U.S. and abroad through the Library's Ask a Librarian online reference service. The FAQ are based on these inquiries and many topics covered in the FAQ are also addressed throughout the Library's preservation webpages. Before submitting your inquiry with Ask a Librarian, check the links below and to the left to see whether the answer is already available.
- Audio-Visual Materials
- Digital files
- Paper (manuscripts, drawings, newspapers, prints, posters, maps, etc.)
The preservation procedures described here have been used by the Library of Congress in the care of its collections and are considered suitable by the Library as described; however, the Library will not be responsible for damage to your collection should damage result from the use of these procedures.
The Library of Congress does not recommend specific product brands, vendors, or service providers.