The history of books is largely the history of civilization with the oldest works treasured the world over. With this 40-minute video, you will learn more about how books are preserved and how readers can take care of their own books. The preservation of books has been studied by the British Library, and this venerated institution instructs the viewer on the proper care of their own books. As the largest library in the world, its workers are well versed in how to read books carefully to avoid damaging them and how to ensure that they are stored properly. Tips that teach about reading a book without cracking its spine and the proper shelving procedure to keep books looking good are covered as well as how to restore older books that have damage. Even a book damaged by water or fire may be restored with the proper care.