Book Conservators

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, 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.


Quick Facts
Duties Work to slow down or stabilize the deterioration of books and other print-based materials; repair books that are damaged
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Chemistry
  • History
Experience Participation in an internship, apprenticeship, or assistantship in book conservation or a related field will be useful
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Archivist, Curator, or Librarian
  • Book Conservation Team Manager
  • Book Conservator
  • Book Conservation Apprentice