photo of books stacked on a shelf to be repaired Library Preservation Department, University of California, Berkeley


The binding Preparation Division (BPD) is the interface unit between the UC Berkeley Library and the UC Bindery, responsible for receiving, tracking, processing, and shipping all materials to be bound by the Bindery.

An average of 60,000 books and serials a year are processed through BPD to the Bindery, where they are bound or otherwise protected and then returned to BPD and distributed back into the Library system. The unit is usually staffed by 2 full-time employees and several student library employees.

The Bindery offers a variety of binding styles and protective containers; most materials processed for the UC Berkeley Library fall into the following classifications:

  • Pam Bind: used for pamphlets (text less than 3/8 " thick and up), stapled into a binder with a high-density back board, a spine covered with acrylic-coated cloth, and a front cover of clear polyester.

  • Mylar: used for most paperbacks (text 1/2-2" thick). The covers are removed, laminated with Mylar and backed with binders board; the textblock is adhesive bound, if necessary, then encased by the laminated original cover.

  • FC-Bind: (text 1/2-2" thick ) used for paperbacks without covers and serials that will receive limited circulation ("FC"). Leaves are adhesive-bound, the spine is reinforced with buckram. The buckram is stamped with title and call# information. The covers are high-density blue binders board, coated with acrylic for additional protection.

  • Buckram: (text 3/8" thick and up) is reserved for volumes that need maximum protection, either because the volume is too thick or heavy for other types of binding, or because it receives heavy usage. Pages are oversewn, sewn through the fold, or adhesive bound. Covers are made with acrylic-coated buckram.

  • Kasemake Box: protective container used for books or documents that for reasons of fragility or artifactual value, or the need to keep its several parts together, cannot or should not be bound. These boxes are fabricated from archival board from specifications provided by the Preservation Department.


Library Binding Manual


, Unit Head

, Binding Preparation Assistant

Phone: (510) 642-8140


209 Moffitt Library
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720-6000

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