Preservation: Conservation Materials

Book Maintenance Materials

Acid-Free Boxboard


Archival Papers & Films


Corrugated Board


Ethafoam/Polyethylene Foam


Japanese & Marbled Papers


Polyester Sheets & Rolls


Cleaning Materials



Cleaning Swabs, 36-Piece Kit
Each Cleaning Swab Kit contains 36 swabs, including 6 each of six different styles of various widths and lengths. Each swab consists of a white polypropylene handle with a white polyurethane foam head. Price per package of 36.



Conservation Tack Mats
Rely on Tack Mats to prevent contaminates from invading conservation labs, archives and clean rooms from soiled cart wheels and foot wear. Each 40 sheet Tack Mat features 1.5mm low density, clear polyethylene sheets containing anti-microbial agents in the adhesive … read more



Document Cleaning Pad
Lineco’s Document Cleaning Pads are recommended for cleaning dusty, dirty, or moldy paper items. These pads contain a soft, grit-free powder that absorbs and cleans surface dirt from paper. Price each. Additional cleaning powder also available in a two pound … read more



Dry Cleaning Sponges
Made of vulcanized natural rubber, our dry cleaning sponges will effectively remove soot and smoke damage form wallpaper, painted metal and wood surfaces, fabrics and a variety of additional surfaces. Widely used for clean-up following fire damage, the cleaning applications … read more



Dust-Off Plus
A clean, moisture-free controlled flow of canned air that quickly removes dust, dirt, lint and repair debris from valuable documents, photographs and equipment. The new vector valve moves up and down 180 degrees and sweeps 360 degrees allowing pinpoint accuracy … read more

Conservation Tools



Luxo Lighted Magnifiers
The finest industrial grade magnifier lamps made, with the magnification power that’s wanted and the illumination that’s needed. Features the Luxo’s patented K-arm with perfect balancing, internal spring system. Die-cast metal shade houses removable 3 or 5 diopter lens. Optional … read more



Porta-Trace Light Box Table Units
Solid oak trim mounted on sturdy baked white enamel legs makes this newest addition to the Porta-Trace line attractive in any decor. Features a 4-tilt adjustment from 0 to 40 degrees. Easily assembled with 14 bolts. Two sizes are offered, … read more



Binocular Magnifier
This Binocular Magnifier is for precision work and is worn on the head to leave both hands free. Precision ground and polished prismatic lenses. Adjustable headband may be worn over glasses. Three interchangeable lenses for 6″ (2.6 magnification), 8″ (2.2 … read more



Acrylic Press Boards
These inert, clear, 0.5″ thick acrylic sheets have smoothed edges and corners. A variety of stock sizes are offered.



Benchmark Miniature Drill Bits
You will need to drill holes for your pins if you are pinning into materials such as plywood, Masonite, laminate or Plexiglas. We offer two sizes of drill bits for each diameter of our pins. The ”drop fit” bits are … read more



Berna Multi Clamps
This unique clamping tool can be used with one hand to set delicate objects without risk of damage. A pair of clear, 4″ polycarbonate “jaws” are attached to a highly rigid carbon fiber composite rod. The soft, heat resistant, silicone … read more



Bone Clasps/Lid Pins
The art of Japanese bookbinding challenges the imagination and creative talents of the craftsperson. Bone clasps are useful to add the finishing touch to this process. Four sizes are offered. Price per dozen of the same size.



Book Press with Brass Edges
This versatile press is a must for all bookbinding work. Used by both the professional and the hobbyist it combines the features of a backing press, finishing press, standing press and brass-edged boards. Two vertical edges reinforced with brass strip.The … read more



Book Suction Table
This compact Book Suction Table is manufactured from stainless steel to withstand very high vacuum pressure which is especially useful when cleaning a small area with the rest of the platen masked off. The working surface is approximately 15″ x … read more



Checktemp
Checktemp is destined to make glass thermometers obsolete. Glass thermometers are hazardous to the user and the environment. The glass contains lead and the measurement media is either mercury or alcohol. Checktemp is an all-in-one unit that combines aprobe and … read more



Conservation Work Trays
Quality, heavy weight, high impact polyethylene plastic trays for a variety of conservation uses. Excellent for bleaching or deacidification by immersion. These trays are solid white, seamless, and possess a corrosion resistant surface. The handy pouring corner is useful for … read more



Digital Psychrometer
Introducing a new digital precision temperature and humidity instrument which features high accuracy and fast response. This hand-held unit requires no twirling or reading of charts and includes a handy pocket clip. Features include data hold, an F/C switch, min/max … read more



Drying Rack
This all-steel rack includes a heavy-duty angle base, exclusive tray-lock system for supporting trays in up position, and 2 rubber spacers on each tray. Very sturdy and maintenance free, the rack consists of 40 trays and measures 45.5″ H with … read more



Dusting Brushes
Four styles of dusting brushes are yours for the choosing. The Comfort Curve model has a curved handle 15.5” long that holds sterilized mixed horsehair in a single row of tufts to provide a stiff brushing action. The traditional dusting … read more



Humidity Indicator Certified Hygrometer
Get relative humidity and temperature reading at a glance. This hygrometer is certified to be accurate within +/- 3% and indicates the complete range of 0 to 100% humidity. The bimetallic thermometer is accurate to 105 of scale and has … read more



Hygrocheck Relative Humidity Tester
Hygrocheck uses the advanced Thin Film Polymer Capacitance sensing method to measure humidity and an integrated electronic circuit to perform all relative conversions. A complete measurement range of 10% to 90% RH and 3% accuracy across the entire range,make Hygrocheck … read more



Japanese Horsehair Strainer
An ideal tool used to strain paste after cooking, especially following storage and re-cooking. Removes any lumps or foreign matter creating a smooth, consistent paste. Manufactured from top quality natural materials. Horsehair mesh, 8” diameter.



Jumbo Display Thermo-Hygrometer
The large, easy-to-read digital display makes all the difference. Each unit features a F/C switch and min/max memory. Temperature range is 14 tp 122 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity range of 10% to 99% (+/- 5%). Powered by one AAA … read more



Microcomputer pH Meter
This portable pH Meter utilizes an advanced microprocessor to perform pH, ORP, ISE and temperature measurements with high accuracy and fast response. The mV measurements automatically switch from 0.1 to 1 mV resolution when the reading reaches 400mV. Temperature effects … read more



Paper and Book Press
STANDARD: Classic design delivers even controllable pressure for paper and books up to 10” x 12” with 6″ of daylight between the press floor and platen. Papermakers can make paper with a professional finish. Paper dried slowly under pressure delivers … read more



Staple Extractor
A specialized conservation tool used for extracting wire staples from paper, pamphlets, or magazines preparatory for sewing. Tapered blade and dull edge will not mar the paper as will other types of staple pullers. Smooth wooden handle. Price each.



Teflon Bone Folders
This new style of ”bone” folder is manufactured from Teflon. Available in two sizes, each T-Bone Folder features a hard pointed end for creasing and flat, tapered end for burnishing. The smooth Teflon surface provides a new dimension not previously … read more

Brushes


Gloves


Hand Tools


Weights


Deacidification Solutions & Equipment



Bookkeeper Deacidification Spray
Neutralize acidic paper with Bookkeeper Deacidification spray. Magnesium Oxide is the neutralizing agent in Bookkeeper which permanently ”fixes” in the cellulosic fibers and on the paper’s surface. Bookkeeper uses only non-toxic and non-hazardous materials and dries odor-free on treated … read more



Buffering Solutions 230 ml
Prepared with analytical grade chemicals under the stringent ISO 9002 regulations.



ColorpHast Indicator Strips
Non-bleeding ColorpHast pH Indicator Strips are easy to use. Distinctions between pH levels are facilitated by sharp contrasts between adjacent color squares. A matched colored scale is provided for each pH measurement. Strips are accurate to 0.5 pH limits. Excellent … read more



Conservation Work Trays
Quality, heavy weight, high impact polyethylene plastic trays for a variety of conservation uses. Excellent for bleaching or deacidification by immersion. These trays are solid white, seamless, and possess a corrosion resistant surface. The handy pouring corner is useful for … read more



Humidity Control Cassettes
These humidity control cassettes are constructed from perforated stainless steel. designed to hold Art-Sorb and various brands of silica gel beads. Keeps beads away from works of art and provides easy access for reconditioning. The high quality humidity cassettes are … read more



Materials Testing Kit
Environmental acids are a danger to any collection. This kit provides information and supplies to aid in the testing of construction materials. The Materials Testing Kit includes 24 glass jars, acid detection strips, tweezers, silver coupons, lead coupons, aluminum foil, … read more



PaperSaver Deacidification Solution
PaperSaver is an easy-to-use system that provides a major advancement in value, effectiveness, and safety for paper preservation through deacidification. The PaperSaver formula is a spray whose active ingredients, when sprayed on normal weight papers,neutralizes acids immediately and for … read more



Quicksilver
The internationally patented Quicksilver method is the most advanced system available for cleaning sterling and silver plate. A 12” x 12” perforated electrolytic alloy metal grid creates a very controlled, low intensity magnetic field which is just strong enough to … read more



Stainless Steel Conservation Work Trays
Heavy duty, 22 gauge, stainless steel work trays are corrosion resistant and feature a seamless, curved corner design. Unlimited uses in the conservation lab. Price each.

Other Materials



100% white cotton rag pulp
Pre-shredded and blender friendly. Made from 100% white cotton rag pulp. 8 oz.



Acid-Free Dust Jacket Protectors
A specially made Dust Jacket Protector for museums and archives, University Products’ style “A” Dura-Clear Dust Jacket Protectors are made of a 1.5″ mil inert polyester and acid-free backing paper with an acid-free adhesive. These popular Dust Jacket Protectors, manufactured … read more



Adjustable Rare Book Storage Box
Create your own storage boxes for your valuable rare books and documents with these acid-free 20 point boards. These soil-resistant cream color boards are scored every 0.25” for easy folding and are available in a wide range of sizes. Enclosure … read more



Beeswax
Beeswax is the traditional material used by conservators and book binders for waxing thread to make difficult sewing jobs easier to accomplish. Sold in 1 oz. blocks.



Binder’s Thread
A natural color # 10 cotton binding thread specifically made for heavy duty book repairs. Available in 1500 yard spools. Price each.



Binding Tape
Genuine linen tape is closely woven for strength; 0.375″ width accommodates most popular size books.



Binding Thread
Strong genuine Irish linen thread. For hand sewing. Expands with moisture to prevent tears in paper.



Book Deodorizer 16 oz.
The perfect solution to a smelly problem. These treated granules absorb moisture and odors. Use to treat books, paper, clothing or other inanimate objects. It will remove cigarette smoke, mildew odors and general mustiness. These granules are an inert and … read more



Book Plates
Book Plates offer an excellent means of recognizing patrons’ generosity as well as identifying special collections. Available in styles A or B. Printed in black ink on white gummed paper. They are made of acid-free white 20# Perma/Dur paper with … read more



Book Repair Kit
A first of its kind, do-it-yourself repair kit for hardbound and paperback books which celebrates the practice and process of preserving and repairing books. Access for the first time to the tools, papers, repair tapes and other archival materials used … read more



Book Repair Tape
Both the 1″ and 2″ tapes are used to hinge covers, reinforce pamphlets, repair covers and loose pages. They use a strong, acid-free linen fabric coated with neutral pH adhesive. While the repair is permanent the tape may be removed … read more



Book Repair Wings
Book Repair Wings offer an inexpensive means of reinforcing book spines and corners. One size fits most books and no measuring or cutting is needed. Book Repair Wings are made of the same long lasting cloth material as our cloth … read more



Bookbinders’ Needles
Sized to accommodate sturdy bookbinding threads, these needles have a length that is easy to handle and a slightly blunted point to reduce paper snags. Manufactured from the finest grade steel. Price per package.



Bookbinding Instruction Video – Binding an Early 19th Century Book in Period-Style Leather
In this Bookbinders Workshop Instructional Series, Mr. Michael Chrisman demonstrates the complete and historically correct rebinding of an early 19th Century book in period-style leather. He begins with a book that is lacking its entire binding and which needs to … read more



Bookbinding Instruction Video – Re-backing and Restoration of an Early 18th Century Binding
In this Bookbinders Workshop Instructional Series, Mr. Michael Chrisman demonstrates the complete and historically correct re-backing and restoration of an early 18th century book, London, 1728. The project begins with the cover boards detached, paste-downs that had floated off over … read more



Bookbinding Instruction Video – Tips From the Bookbinders Bench
In this Bookbinders Workshop Instructional Series, Mr. Michael Chrisman teaches many tips from his book restoration bench that will greatly aid both the practicing and beginning bookbinder and book restorer. This DVD includes tips that will beautifully enhance any book … read more



Bookboard Punch
This heavy-duty alloy steel punch has a hardened cutting edge which is used to punch holes in bookboard for binding with ribbon. Creates a clean 0,25” diameter hole. Price each.



Cellugel
This effective consolidant for deterioration, powdery leather was developed by professional book conservators. Cellugel is essentially a mixture of hydroxpropyl cellulose and isopropanol. Cellulose ethers have been used by book and paper conservators for years for the purpose of sizing … read more



Cellulose Gum (SCMC)
In a 2 – 4% solution, this SCMC is used for a variety of conservation applications including as an adhesive, poultice, consolidant, and cleansing agent, as well as in the creation of art or decorative objects, just to name a … read more



Cleaning Swabs, 36-Piece Kit
Each Cleaning Swab Kit contains 36 swabs, including 6 each of six different styles of various widths and lengths. Each swab consists of a white polypropylene handle with a white polyurethane foam head. Price per package of 36.



Color Mount Permanent Dry Mounting Tissue
A dry mounting adhesive developed to permanently bond RC photos and slick posters as well as regular papers. Color Mount offers great versatility and low temperature convenience (185-205 degrees F). Its ”breathability” makes is ideal for both non-porous and high-moisture … read more



Cotton Book Tape
This sturdy web cotton twill tape is used for sewing signatures together on the sewing frame; also useful for tying. Easier to use than the stiffer linen tapes. Price each.



Covering Materials NEW

Our faux leather coverings feel and look like real leather; soft and supple, while the metallic sheets have a very modern look. The ostrich features a delicate embossing and the pure white has a light gloss finish. All these materials … read more



Disposable Glue Brushes
Designed for bookbinding and adhesive applications, the dense natural bristles load and carry lots of glue and spread glue evenly over large surfaces. Metal free construction will not rust.



Dry Mounting Press
These presses are simple to operate when you are dry mounting, laminating, or backing prints, photos, posters, maps, charts or any frequently handled item which you would like to protect and preserve. They are durable and allow maximum pressure … read more



DRY-LAM Colortac Removable Breathable Dry Mount Tissue
DRY-LAM Dry Mount Tissue is an excellent general purpose tissue that works well with RC or Fiber based prints. The new formulation is developed for maximum versatility. It has a very low activating temperature of 165 degrees F for use … read more



E-Flute Corrugated Rare Book Boxes
Quick and easy, this E-Flute corrugated is strong and offers maximum support for fragile books or books in parts. Simply measure height and width then mark the board and score with a scoring wheel (included). Each package contains 5 sheets … read more



Economical Glue Brushes
We’ve added an extensive line of quality, economical glue brushes. Two styles are available. The 80% bore bristle/20% synthetic bristle brushes are soft and pliable, with ergonomically designed handles. They are easy to clean, and good for glue or paste. … read more



European Bookcloth
Strong, close-weave European cloth is backed with acid-free paper for easy application. A variety of color options are available. Choose the size and quantity that’s right for you.



Extra-Heavy Duty Awl
A wooden ball handle fits the hand comfortably for heavy duty punching while providing good control. Price each.



Fiskars Book Drill
An ergonomically designed handle fits securely and comfortably in the palm of your hand for prolonged use without fatigue. This hand drill is especially handy for use with the fine drill bits used in bookbinding. Includes easily interchangeable drill bits, … read more



Fusion 4000 Plus
Fusion 4000 is an adhesive (.003 thick) that has a completely neutral pH balance. The thermoplastic adhesive melts in the heating process, becomes transparent and adheres rapidly. Low temperature (160 degrees F) Fusion 4000 is formulated for general mounting applications … read more



Genuine Bone Folders
This selection of genuine bone folders offers a variety of different design elements that increase the versatility of the tool while providing additional comfort to the user. These shape of the 005-905B was inspired by the sewing and quilting craft … read more



Glaze Padding Compound
Make your own pads, forms, etc. with our easy-to-use padding compound. Simply stack pages flush, brush with compound and allow time to dry. Paper may easily be removed from finished pads one at a time. Price each.



Heavy Duty Awl
A large handle allows control and a strong grip. The fine point produces holes properly sized for sewing.



Heavy-Duty Spatula
This heavy-duty stainless steel spatula proves to be an indispensable tool in book repair and conservation work. You will find a number of uses for this 7″L tool including paste or adhesive application, corner lifting or burnishing (when applying repair … read more



Hinged Cambric Cloth Tape
Use this tape to reinforce and reattach book covers, hinge music scores, reinforce pamphlets, etc. Acid-free white cambric tape has neutral pH water activated adhesive and is scored on the center to make hinging a snap. Roll is 1″ x … read more



Light Duty Awl
A light duty awl adequate for many bookbinding projects. The fine point produces holes properly sized for sewing.



Lineco 3/8” Linen Binding Tape
This tape is unbleached and unsized, and suitable for sewing signatures. Measures 60″ long. Price per package.



Lineco Art Gum Eraser
This unique formula eraser is totally nonabrasive and useful on cloth, paper and boards. Gentile pressure produces deep cleaning on most surfaces. Size is 1″ x 1″ x 2″. Price per dozen.



Lineco Cotton Head Band Material
Use this white head band material for making codex style and casebound books. Made of 100% cotton. Ivory in color, 60″. Price per package.



Lineco Linen Thread
Unwaxed and unbleached, this 35/3 gauge Linen Thread is perfect for bookbinding. The thread comes in 50 yd. spools. Price each.



Lineco Waxed Linen Thread
Great for bookbinding, crafts and art projects, this 5-ply natural linen thread is lightly waxed for easy use. This set includes three 20 yd. spools of black, orange and purple, sure to enhance the look of sewn projects. Price per … read more



Medium Duty Awl
Made of stainless steel and featuring a beautifully designed curved handle, this awl combines excellent control and good punching force. Price each.



Methyl Cellulose Adhesive
A neutral pH, water reversible adhesive that drys clear. Use for repair, gluing end sheets and general archival adhesive applications.



Old Master Leather Conditioner
Old Master Leather Conditioner is the result of many years of research. It preserves and protects bookbinding leathers in a natural, organic way. It is a blend of pure, natural oils that also prevents mold and mildew, and discourages the … read more



Phase Box Riveter
One of the best ways to protect old or rare books from damage caused by temperature and humidity changes, pollutants, light and the physical stresses of shelving is to create a phase box tailored to each book. Use this riveter … read more



Plastic Bone Folders
These plastic bone folders are an invaluable tool for creasing archival papers. Use for creating you own folders and other storage devices. 8” long with rounded edges and tapered body. Price each.



Polyester Transparent Tape – 3M No. 850
A polyester tape coated with an acrylic adhesive similar to 3M’s 415 tape but adhesive coated on one side only. Excellent for edge sealing plastic enclosures. Each roll is 72 yards long. Price per roll.



Pre-shred Cotton Linters
Get detailed paper casts with bright white cotton linters. Linters are pre-shredded and easy to use. Simply add water to cotton linter in a kitchen blender to hydrate. Complete instructions on package for casting. 8 oz. bag makes 50 medium … read more



Quick Bind Tape
Two pieces of gummed tape are sewn together with the adhesive facing outward. The pamphlet is attached to one side, the covers are attached to the other to form a book. 2″ x 36″.



Rare Book Identa-Strips
University Products’ acid-free and lignin-free Identa-Strips provide easy identification of shelved rare books. A die-cut tab prevents slippage into the book when vertically shelved. these acid-free Identa-Strips won’t discolor pages of books into which they are inserted. Tab is located … read more



Screw Posts and Extensions
Our screw posts are just the thing for creating albums, journals and homemade books. Price per package of three posts.



Silk Headbands
Attractive finishing touch for bound books, 6” length



Small Spatula
The ideal tool for lifting or slitting paper, applying paste to small areas and numerous other tasks. Metal; one end tapered, one rounded. Flexible springy ends easily bend to shape. Overall length 7.5”. Price each.



Spine Repair Tape
This book repair tape is a vinyl coated cloth tape that is water and abrasion resistant. It has a matte finish, which makes it esthetically preferable and easily conforms to the contour of book spines. Each 2″ x 15 yard … read more



Superior Quality Bookcloth
University Products is pleased to offer two of the very best European Book cloths available. Brillianta book cloth is a strong, uncoated, rayon fabric which works well with adhesives, including our own white, Neutral pH Adhesive. It is backed … read more



Unbleached Cotton Tying Tape
This soft, unbleached tying tape is invaluable for tying bundles of books and periodicals to be sent to the binder or for tying together damaged books while they await repair. Non-abrasive with no dye to bleed. Spool of 1000 yards. … read more



Unbuffered Conservation Quality Blotting Paper
This archival quality unbuffered blotting paper, in large sheets (30″ x 40″), and (40″ x 60″) has a pH of approximately 8.0, a soft textured surface and is highly absorbent. 369gsm, 135 lb. Price per carton.

Conservation Tapes and Adhesives



Book Repair Tape
Both the 1″ and 2″ tapes are used to hinge covers, reinforce pamphlets, repair covers and loose pages. They use a strong, acid-free linen fabric coated with neutral pH adhesive. While the repair is permanent the tape may be removed … read more



Book Repair Wings
Book Repair Wings offer an inexpensive means of reinforcing book spines and corners. One size fits most books and no measuring or cutting is needed. Book Repair Wings are made of the same long lasting cloth material as our cloth … read more



Cellulose Gum (SCMC)
In a 2 – 4% solution, this SCMC is used for a variety of conservation applications including as an adhesive, poultice, consolidant, and cleansing agent, as well as in the creation of art or decorative objects, just to name a … read more



Document Repair Tape
This very thin and extremely transparent pressure sensitive document repair tape is non-yellowing, removable with solvents, and has a neutral pH. To use, dispense a length of tissue, place over the tear, and burnish with a bone folder. Working the … read more



Fish Gelatin
Sheets of amber clear fish gelatin. Should first be soaked and then dissolved in a double boiler. Imported from Italy. Sheets measure approximately 9″ x 2.5″. Price per package of 12 sheets.



Fish Glue
A high-tack adhesive, light tan color. Free of salt but will shrink upon drying. Adding 10% glycerin will give greater flexibility and reduce shrinkage. This product is commonly used as an adhesive in furniture restoration where long drying times are … read more



Hayaku Japanese Hinging Paper
Hayaku is a Japanese Mulberry Paper coated with acid-free water activated adhesive. This extremely strong, long fibered hinging material saves both time and money and has passed the Photo Activity Test. It is used for hinging works of art on … read more



Hinged Cambric Cloth Tape
Use this tape to reinforce and reattach book covers, hinge music scores, reinforce pamphlets, etc. Acid-free white cambric tape has neutral pH water activated adhesive and is scored on the center to make hinging a snap. Roll is 1″ x … read more



Wheat Starch
A very carefully purified, uncooked food-grade wheat starch. When cooked, it makes a superior smooth wheat paste adhesive. NOTE: Must be cooked. Click on the RESOURCES tab to see the recipe.



White Neutral pH Adhesive
Lineco acid-free adhesive has excellent lay-flat properties and dries clear. Easy to use polyvinyl acetate (PVA) formula is fast setting and re-moistenable with water. This adhesive was formulated specifically for preservation materials and will not become brittle with … read more

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