A list of the best book repair tape for keeping your collection in top shape.
A broken spine, loose covers, and ripped pages are unwelcome sights in anyone’s library. Thankfully, a simple roll of tape can assist with repairs. While it might be tempting to reach for whatever masking tape or cellophane tape you have on hand, you’ll achieve much better results if you purchase specialty repair tape that is stronger and stretchier to provide better protection over both level and rounded surfaces.
These tapes also tend to be acid free, especially important if you’re fixing valuable volumes. Find the best tape for your needs—whether you’re patching up slim zines, heavy monographs, or beloved art history texts—in our roundup of favorites below.
“Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady” and the rocking sounds of “Monterey Pop.” Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.”
Donald Vass works at restoring a book at the King County Library System’s central service center in Issaquah. Public libraries’ automated sorting machines, whirring conveyor belts and hard bins can break a book and shorten its life. Vass has spent the past 26 years mending and tending to books for the county library system. (RUTH FREMSON/NYT)