Step 4.2: Ready to Use (Handling)
Careful handling of materials is essential in order to maintain their long-term preservation. The Reading Room Guidelines and tools like gloves and book pillows allow materials to remain in good condition while they are being used.
Left: A copy of St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton on a book pillow with a selection of book weights to hold pages open safely while patrons take notes.
Right: White gloves are used to keep fingerprints and residues from damaging photographs.