BS 4971:2017 Conservation and care of archive and library collections

BS 4971:2017

Conservation and care of archive and library collections

Status : Current   Published : June 2017



What is this standard about?

It specifies current best practice in managing archive and library collections to ensure their long-term preservation.

Note: BS 4971 covers the exhibition and storage aspects of conservation formerly found in PD 5454. Together with BS EN 16893:2017 Conservation of Cultural Heritage. New sites and buildings intended for the storage and use of collections, which is in preparation, this standard replaces PD 5454, which is withdrawn.

Who is this standard for?

  • Libraries, museums and galleries
  • Curators
  • Conservationists
  • Conservators
  • Private collectors
  • Purchasers and users of PD 5454

Why should you use this standard?

It reflects the sector’s current needs by addressing the wide range of collection materials now held in archives and libraries. Its clauses relate to conservation policy and planning, preventive conservation and remedial conservation. 

What’s changed since the last update?

This standard is a technical revision of the 2003 version and also provides a technical revision of the conservation aspects in PD 5454:2012. It takes into account changes to the types of media which need to be preserved and now covers:

  • Traditional media
  • More recent non-traditional media (such as photographic and analogue audio-visual media)
  • The carriers of digital media 

Standard NumberBS 4971:2017
TitleConservation and care of archive and library collections
Publication Date30 June 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)BS EN 168932, BS 5699-1:1979, BS EN ISO 534:2011, BS EN 15095:2007+A1:2008, BS ISO 18902:2013, BS EN ISO 9706:2000, BS ISO 10716:1994, BS ISO 18916:2007, BS ISO 302:2015, BS ISO 18906:2000, BS 5699-2:1979, BS ISO 12606:1997, BS EN 16790:2016, BS EN 16095:2012, BS EN 356:2000, BS 1153:1992
Informative References(Provided for Information)BS EN 15999-1:2014, BS EN 15635:2008, PAS 197:2009, BS ISO 18911:2010, PD CEN/TS 16163:2014, BS ISO 18920:2011, BS ISO 18918:2000, BS EN 15878:2010, BS ISO 18934:2011, BS 4783-8:1994
ReplacesBS 4971:2002, PD 5454:2012
DescriptorsDocuments, Archive documents, Conservation, Repair, Document maintenance
ISBN978 0 580 94654 7
File Size1.015 MB

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