The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are coming to Richmond, September 19-27. The courses will pass in front of the Library and will affect Library access. The Library’s lobby, exhibition, and the Virginia Shop will be open; the reading rooms and parking deck will be closed from September 21 through 25 and the entire Library will be closed on September 26. Please check our online calendar and for more details.

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Tools of the Trade

Archivist Gloves
Archivists use a number of tools to handle and care for fragile documents. Cotton gloves help prevent the transfer of damaging oils from our hands onto photographs, while the microspatula allows the safe removal of staples and other potentially damaging fasteners.

In addition to controls on temperature and humidity, specially manufactured folders, boxes, and paper help to protect documents. These storage items contain the proper pH, are free of acid, and have low levels of lignin to prevent staining, fading and degradation.

Microfilm Reels
While seemingly outdated, microfilm is still considered one of the best preservation methods for archival materials due to its durability and longevity.

Buchanan County deed books in storage freezer following 1977 flood
Buchanan County deed books in storage freezer following 1977 flood. Following consultation with records professionals, local officials freeze-dried the damaged items then sent them to Library of Virginia for further treatment.

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