Cotton twine

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Cotton twine

Cotton twine is used by many of the libraries we serve, for tying together various materials they send to us. This is in fact our primary source of cotton twine. We chiefly use it for headbands and for reinforcing the cover material of cases at the top and bottom of the spine. The gauge or diameter used is the one most commonly called "16 ply" by manufacturers.


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