Brittle Books Reformatting Policy and Workflow

by the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to building and sustaining collections for the use of students, faculty, visiting scholars, and the public. The UIUC Preservation Department reformats brittle and damaged books to ensure the preservation of the intellectual content of its collections. The UIUC Library shall maintain and preserve the original book scanned to create the electronic text, regardless of condition.

Workflows and policies include:

  • Methods for Identifying Brittle Books
  • Criteria for Selecting Brittle Books for Reformatting
  • Criteria for Creating Only a Digital Format for a Title
  • Criteria for Creating Digital and Printed Formats for a Title
  • Disposition of the Brittle Book
  • Materials Referred to Brittle Books
  • Searching and Decision Making
  • Processing Vendor E-Text Files
  • File Storage
  • Processing Facsimile Copies
  • Processing Brittle Books for Oak St. Storage


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