Repair and Conservation

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Should it be fixed?

Most books can be replaced for less than the cost of repairing them.  However, if your book fits one of the categories below it is a good candidate for repair:

1.  Books with sentimental value

2.  Books that cannot be replaced.

3.  Books with high monetary value 

Unless your book fits one or more of these criteria it probably makes more sense to find a replacement copy at sites such as  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about whether your book should be fixed or replaced.

Mark’s career has emphasized the conservation and repair of books.  At Panther Peak Bindery we do the full range of professional book conservation and repair including paper conservation and repair. Click here for some examples.

Do you need a small repair on an old or new family book?  Are some books in your collection in need of professional conservation treatment such as being completely taken apart, washed and deacidified?  Does your institution need a binding fixed?  We are happy to consult with you.

We love repairing well loved and heavily used Bibles and other religious texts, click here for more information.

An accurate estimate requires seeing the item.  Most cloth repairs cost between $150 and $300.  Leather repairs generally begin around $275.  Cloth covered drop spine boxes start at $150.  Large family Bibles start at $400.

In our repairs, we use as much of the original binding as is possible or practical – including covers, spine, endpapers and pages – and use only the best materials available.

Some books benefit from rebinding instead of repair or conservation. Rebinding an old book requires sensitivity and skill.  It involves much more than just putting a new cover on an old book.  Panther Peak Bindery treats every book on an individual basis in our conservation treatments and in our rebinding. 

Even if you are repairing your book you should consider having a drop spine box made.  It cannot be overstated how well boxes protect and preserve the books or objects stored inside.  My “rule” is this:  every book you care about should be in a box.  Certainly this is not practical but nothing will do more for the preservation of a book than a drop spine box.


Collection surveys and other on-site institutional work can be done on a daily or hourly rate.  

We are also experienced at disaster response, and the recovery of books and other library materials which have been water damaged.  Whether you have hundreds of wet books, or just one or two, we can help you save your collection.