Book Conservators

Book Conservator Examines Old Chinese Book

Book conservators treat the bindings and pages of books and other objects to help preserve original materials for future use. Their work often includes removing a book block from its binding, and then sewing, measuring, gluing, rebinding, and using special chemical treatments to maintain the integrity of the item. Most conservators work in libraries, in museums, or for special conservation centers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Work to slow down or stabilize the deterioration of books and other print-based materials; repair books that are damaged
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • History
Experience Internship, apprenticeship, or assistantship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Archivist, Curator, or Librarian
  • Book Conservation Team Manager
  • Book Conservator
  • Book Conservation Apprentice