Books in fragile condition or with detached covers have been wrapped in tissue paper and bound with tying tape. As well, the books are kept in secure cabinets that protect them from light, dust, and surprise environmental hazards such as the sprinklers going off. Visitors are not permitted to peruse the shelves as you normally can in a library to limit unnecessary handling of the books.
Please don't be discouraged from coming to see the books in person! These safeguards are in place to protect the books so that people can see them for many years to come. It is anticipated that more people will come to the Beaton Institute to see these rare and wonderful books. If there are any books that you wish to see, please contact the Beaton Institute prior to your visit.
Examples of book conditions from the Louisbourg Library