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Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 2pm - 6pm
Late opening on Wednesday until 8pm
Closed at weekends and on bank holidays

Contacts

Carole Jacquet
Head of Libraries and Archives

Marion Mossu
Libraries and Archives Officer

Tel : 00 33 1 58 52 10 83 / 33

Where to find us ?

Beside the Panthéon !
Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais - 75005 Paris

RER B : Luxembourg
Metros : M10 Cardinal Lemoine / M7 Place Monge
Buses : 84, 89, 21, 27

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 2pm - 6pm
Late opening on Wednesday until 8pm
Closed at weekends and on bank holidays

Contacts

Carole Jacquet
Head of Libraries and Archives

Marion Mossu
Libraries and Archives Officer

Tel : 00 33 1 58 52 10 83 / 33

Where to find us ?

Beside the Panthéon !
Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais - 75005 Paris

RER B : Luxembourg
Metros : M10 Cardinal Lemoine / M7 Place Monge
Buses : 84, 89, 21, 27

Map

Examination and recording of information on the physical condition of the collection

Examination and recording of information on the physical condition of the collection
The examination of each of the books allows damage to be documented and interventions to be recorded.

The examination of each of the books is an essential stage of the project as it constitutes the deontological basis of preservation: every action carried out on a cultural artefact must be justified and documented.

Dusting by vacuuming

Dusting by vacuuming
The preservation technician examines each volume to determine if it can tolerate vacuum action.

The device used includes a filtration system referred to as ‘absolute’, which prevents the dust removed from the document being redistributed into the library atmosphere.

Dusting by brushing

Dusting by brushing
Dusting by vacuuming sometimes needs to be completed by brushing. The technician uses special brushes fitted with natural fibres: our range includes brushes made from badger, goat and hog bristles…

Large foreign matter can be removed with tweezers.

Erasing

Erasing
Erasing is necessary to dislodge encrusted dust that causes staining.

Erasing is carried out mainly on the first and last pages with the aid of products which do not cause damage to the paper or parchment. The erasing compounds can take the form of powder or blocks.

Dressing and surface coating

Dressing and surface coating
Dressing is carried out on certain leather bindings in order to improve their appearance and flexibility.

The product used, CIRE 213, is manufactured by the National Library of France. However, many leathers cannot be dressed as they are powdery. In this case they are consolidated with an adhesive dissolved in ethanol.

Tying

Tying
Great attention is paid to elements that are at risk of becoming detached from the volume and therefore lost.

In order to avoid separation of the different components, we have chosen to tie the endangered volumes, an operation which consists of holding all the different elements of the book together with raw cotton twill.

Conservation treatments: structural aspects

Conservation treatments: structural aspects
The project involved conservation treatments that included actions intended to reinforce the volumes in anticipation of future consultation.

The technicians reinforce the joints, the spine ends and the corners with Japanese paper, while conservators consolidate the attachment of the textblock to its binding.

Conservation treatments: aesthetic aspects

Conservation treatments: aesthetic aspects
The repairs are made with Japanese paper (white), which is then toned down to match the colour of the leather.

The collection of the Old Library in the Centre Culturel Irlandais is valuable. Its appearance, very characteristic of libraries in the 18th century, needs to be preserved. It was therefore decided that the colour tone of new materials should be as close as possible to the colour of the leather: in this way, when the books are shelved, the interventions remain discreet.

Financial supports

Financial supports
These projects were created with the financial support of the following institutions:
- The Department of the Taoiseach - Office of Public Works
- The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs
- La Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Ile-de-France - Ministère de la culture et de la communication
                             - La Bibliothèque nationale de France
                             - The Board of Collège des Irlandais Paris 1985-2001