Digital Collections

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From now on thousands of digitized images of texts, maps and art objects from the collections of cultural and scientific heritage owned by Vilnius University Library are freely accessible on a new web site of Vilnius University Digital Collections. The web site provides an opportunity to browse and search for digital copies of documents from the rare book, manuscript, graphic art and photography collections dedicated for studies, research and cultural education. The website also contains information on the national and international digitisation initiatives and projects carried out by Vilnius University Library.

Paper restoration and bookbinding

Compared to workshops of book restoration in other Lithuanian libraries, the earliest appearance of document restoration tradition happened in Vilnius University Library. For more than 50 years the library restores unique manuscripts and rare documents from library collections that must be preserved for the future generations. This responsible task demands the highest of qualifications, diverse knowledge (history, arts, chemistry, microbiology and others), and a base for technical research.

Most of the documents from the old collections of Vilnius University Library are handwritten or printed on paper. Considering that paper is a sensitive organic material, it is very important to ensure suitable storage conditions of the documents as to stop the process of decay and decline of the said documents and the information stored therein. These videos will show the main methods to restore paper and bindings.

 

Digitisation

Vilnius University Library is one of the first memory institutions in the country to start digitising objects of documentary cultural heritage significant to both Lithuania and the world. With this goal in mind Digitisation Department was founded in the Library, which is now part of Documental Heritage Preservation Division. This way VU Library became an active participant in national and international projects aiming to preserve cultural heritage in the digital space, which ensure the accessibility of documentary heritage stored in the Library to every user.