Preservation Services

Fondren Library has a preservation department for the repair and longevity of our collection; it does not provide these services to the public. Here are some resources for taking care of your own private collection.

Repairing Books

Procedures for repairing paperback books

Procedures for repairing hard back books


Resources for supplies to repair your own books:



Conservators in Houston:

Zoltan Olah
Custom Bookbinding

William Cronin
Bookbinder, restoration and repair
713-529-9511 or 832-331-3022

Private Conservators in Texas - A list from the Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center in Austin

AIC - Resources in conservation


Local Binderies

For binding personal copies, students and faculty should work directly with a binder. Here is a list of binders who often work with students and faculty:

The Bookbindery (281-403-3009) 14019 South Gessner Missouri City, TX

Bella Becho Book and Print Bindery (713-880-8294) 404 Arlington Houston, TX 77007



To have your theses or dissertations bound, the above “local binders” can possibly bind theses and dissertations as well. Call them for information. The below vendors may also be able to bind personal copies of books.

Bella Becho Book and Print Bindery
404 Arlington
Houston, TX 77007

The HF Group
1010 North Sycamore Street
North Manchester, IN 46962

Thesis on Demand

Bohemio Bookbindery - Also does conservation work
1383 Harpst St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone:  (734) 389-8887


Disaster Planning/Recovery

Rice University - Emergency Information

Fondren Library's Disaster Preparedness Plan (MS Word)

Fondren's Disaster Preparedness Floor Plans - Emergency Exits (PDF)

Fondren Library - Location of Fire Extingusihers (PDF)

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)


Resources for recovery of wet or smoky books:


Belfor USA


Houston Central Industries 7080 Express Lane Houston, Texas 77078

New Orleans Cold Storage 9223 Texas 225 at Miller Cut Off La Porte, TX 77571


Digital Preservation

Rice Efforts - Digital Scholarship Services

Texas - Portal to Texas History

Texas Digital Library

National - Library of Congress - Including information on how to preserve your personal digital memories

Digital Library Federation (DLF)

Personal Archiving Lib-Guide (Rice)


National Resources pertaining to Preservation

Library of Congress Preservation Page

Northeast Document Conservation Center

Conservation Online (CoOL)

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)

The National Film Preservation Foundation

The National Archives


For additional information, contact  Andy Damico, Preservation Librarian

713-348-2602  or