Conservation & Bindery

The Dorothy the Bookbinder’s Bindery was established in December of 2011.

As a testament to her legacy, the space has since become a center for art and preservation at the library. At its core, it provides the opportunity to share our love of bookcraft through workshops and demonstrations related to hand bookbinding, paper marbling, and papermaking. 

The space also serves as the Jerrold and Ann Mitchell Conservation Lab, a working reminder of the dedication that the Charleston Library Society maintains towards the proper care and repair of our historical treasures. From here, our staff utilizes the most up-to-date techniques to stabilize the rarest volumes from our collection so they can be enjoyed by members, researchers, and visitors alike. 

The Charleston Library conservation and bookbinding efforts are led by our Director of Conservation, James Davis. James studied Art History at the College of Charleston, where his passion and interest in art and historical objects grew into a career dedicated to their repair and maintenance. His background includes a Masters degree in the Conservation of Books and Library Materials from West Dean College in the UK, and he is an active member of the American Institute for Conservation and the Guild of Bookworkers.

To learn more about The Bindery and Conservation Lab please contact James Davis at (843) 723-9912 or