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Preservation Services

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The Preservation Services Programme strives to ensure the long-term availability and accessibility of South African knowledge resources through preservation of audio-visual, broadcast and electronic media.

National libraries are responsible for safeguarding those records that society has considered necessary to create and keep. The task of the Preservation Services Programme is to ensure that the National Library maintains and develops world class in-house preservation policy and practices, and a national preservation function capable of providing preservation and conservation services on a national basis.

The preservation services of the National Library of South Africa seek to preserve its collections for posterity using conservation techniques that include the reformatting of materials. Documents too fragile to be photocopied are reformatted by the National Library's reprographic services onto photographic film, microfilm, microfiche or in digital format.

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