Double-fan Adhesive Binding

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

Web design by Jake Nadal,
former Head, Preservation Department,
Indiana University Libraries



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Treatment criteria:

Adhesive-bound books, either paperback or hardcover, are normally sent by us to the commercial bindery for re-binding. However, we do perform an in-house adhesive binding. It is most often performed when one of the following is true of an adhesive-bound book:

1. Someone is waiting to use the book. Certain high-use books qualify as well. The bindery is on a 3-week cycle, which means that any book sent for re-binding will return sometime between 3 and 6 weeks from the time it is sent. Adhesive-bound books re-bound in-house can be returned within a couple of days.

2. The book has insufficient gutter margin, for which reason it can not be sent to the commercial bindery. The bindery we use sets the minimum allowable margin at 3/8".

Tools and materials used in this treatment


board shear
adhesive binding press
adhesive binding vise
flat press boards
ruler or straight edge
glue brush
bone folder
and sometimes:
staple remover (oyster knife)


binders board
book cloth
PVA mixture
newsprint or similar scrap paper
reemay or waxed paper
stretch cloth
specially made 3-leaf end sheets or:
text weight paper
hinge cloth

Using the Manual

To facilitate convenient navigation and use, the procedural parts of this manual are presented in slide show form. As you can see above, clicking on the image shown on each treatment's front page begins the slide show.

Here are the navigational options within each slide. To view this information in illustrated form see the map image below.

Each slide offers the following capabilities:

* Thumbnail images of the entire treatment procedure are in a vertical column to the left. The progression is downward, beginning at the top and ending at the bottom. By clicking on any of these images, you can go to that point in the procedure.

* Clicking on any page's main image opens a larger version of the image in a separate window.

* Button links are provided to return to this page, to go to the next and previous slides in the series, and to go to the complete table of contents for the entire manual.

* The text is dotted with links to tools, materials, glossary terms, and other treatments. Linked text is gray in color and turns red when the pointer encounters it.

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