The Book and Paper Group (BPG) is the largest of the specialty groups within the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). The purpose of the BPG is to exchange information through meetings and publications about the conservation of books and paper materials. Its members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties but share a common interest in the preservation and conservation of artifacts and collections of paper-based materials.

Audience at the Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Programming

A main activity of the group are the Book and Paper Sessions at the AIC annual meeting. The program is usually a full day or more of papers, panel discussions, and special sessions, as well as a business meeting and social events. Discussion groups are forums at the annual meeting for exchanging focused experiences and ideas on areas of specific expertise such as art on paper and museums (Art on Paper Discussion Group), as well as books and libraries (Library and Archives Conservation Discussion Group) through open dialogues, practical hands-on experiences, and round-table discussions.

Conservators using analytical equipment.

Online Community

Our online community provides valuable forum where colleagues can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. It is member-restricted, and new members receive access automatically.


Conservators working under a microscope.


We publish the Book and Paper Group Annual, a nonjuried postprint publication that includes the abstracts and fully-developed papers based on presentations from each annual meeting and other independent submissions. Another publication is the Book and Paper Group Wiki, a forum for members and conservation practitioners to learn about topics in book and paper conservation and share their expertise and emerging trends in the field with colleagues. The wiki evolved from the Paper Conservation Catalog (PCC), an outline of practices and procedures used by paper conservators published from 1984–1994. Like all wikis, the site's contents are collaborative and dynamic works-in-progress.