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Restoration of the National Library

Currently, National Library of Mongolia owns more than 3 million books and publications. Within its collections it contains over 1 million ancient sutras and manuscripts in Mongolian, Tibetan and Manchu scripts. Recent inventory shows that these unique texts are suffering from critical damage due to mainly continual usage by customers, scholars such as being torn, having watermark, drying, falling into parts etc.According to information, memorial paper as a form of heritage and cultural literacy inheritance is easily broken. Therefore, the program to preserve these important works has far reaching value to both Mongolian and world heritage; a large piece of the history of the world is held within these timeworn collections, that which can be found nowhere else on earth, and to ensure their longevity In order to achieve this goal, restoration is required. On this basis, we performed the following tasks:

1.We have laid the foundation for the restoration laboratory.

The majority of the world’s National Libraries contain their own in-house restoration laboratories to preserve and restore their ancient and modern collections. To be effective, these laboratories are supplied with state of the art instruments and equipment, and staffed with experts who have received the training necessary to specialize in library conservation. In accordance with standard there was a need to establish a modern laboratory with up to date facilities and equipment in order to that our library conducted to activity at national level. In this regard, we could establish a laboratory of restoration with instruments and equipment with the support of the Office of the President, Ministry of Education,Culture and Scienceand Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

2.Suitably improved conservation and preservation of a book.

Preserve collections in accordance with the relevant standards, to preserve and protect the damaged documents without losing their value. Improving preservation and conservation of rare and valuable will ensure their longevity, to bring them into research circulation and it provides opportunities to disseminate to the public. Hereby, with special attention on conservation issues we performed followings:

- Vacuuming books: It will prevent from possible further damages such as being buried in the dust, being damaged by insects and flooding, and it will be possible to storage for the long-term.

- Inserting thin paper between the pages of Ganjuur scripture which was written on black paper with golden, silver and other nine kinds of gem. Thus, we improved its long-term storage and saved it from damage.

- Use of cards (technological improvement) and appropriate boxes and envelopes for every restored books.


3.Starting again restoration work on ancient manuscripts and wooden print blocks.

The purpose of restoration of old books is ensuring their long-term storage, preventing from possible further damages, bringing them into research and passing them to the next generations. We are starting our restoration of old books by listing and by identifying the damages of 67 books that are urgently needed restoration work from the Fond of Mongolian Studies and Manuscripts, the Museum of Precious Rare Books and the Fond of Tibetan Books.

This picture shows an exemplary book before and after restoration.


4.Rehabilitation of restorers to stage by stage training.

There are the principles that restorers should follow when they are restoring books, such as saving the importance of the heritage, keeping its previous color, shape, appearance and providing the conditions of long-term storage. Thus, our restorers need to have professionally high skills. Even if our country is not capable of providing professional education for restorers, we are training our workers in foreign country’s restoration laboratories stage by stage within our project. In addition, we are inviting foreign professionals to give education for our restorers so that they can practice and share their experiences.

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