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Appraisal and Preservation Resources for Books


The Art Institute does not offer appraisals of artworks, books, maps, or other library materials. The libraries can, however, help you devise search strategies for finding information about particular items.

Reference Tools

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries do not subscribe to book pricing materials, but resources such as the following are available at many public libraries:

Ahearn, Allan and Patricia. Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values. Comus, MD: Quill & Brush Press, 2011.

American Book Prices Current Online. Washington, CT: Parkman-Bancroft, Inc, 2007-.

Bookman’s Price Index. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1964-.

Preserving Book Collections

Certain elements and conditions in our environment can contribute to and even accelerate the deterioration of book and archival collections. Steps should be taken to preserve and maintain the useful life of these materials. Below are general preservation guidelines that can be easily applied to home libraries.


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