A peek at some old-school practices in a high-tech library

September 28, 2011
By Bill Krueger
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Photo by Peter Hutson

D.H. Hill Library, for anyone who has visited in recent years, is spilling over with technology. All the students have laptops, are listening to iPods or working with data on giant screens. Many of them are doing all of the above, and more, at the same time.

At first glance, it’s almost as if the books have been forgotten.

Of course, one only has to take a stroll through the stacks on several different floors to recognize that books still have great value at D.H. Hill.

Or, as we were able to do for the upcoming fall issue of NC State magazine, take a peek behind a door in the basement of D.H. Hill marked “Preservation.”

That is where D.H. Hill’s preservation team does the painstaking work of bookbinding. They are the people who save books that are falling apart from age and wear, restoring them so that they can be put back on the stacks and checked out by the next generation of NC State students and scholars.

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Photo by Peter Hutson

So, if you get a chance, check out the next issue of NC State magazine to learn more about some old-school craftsmanship that is still being practiced amid a lot of new-school technology at NC State’s D.H. Hill Library.

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