Despite the fact that great care has been taken regarding conservation since the opening day of the Library – some rules having been set up by the founder himself – , a proper restoration laboratory has only been set up in 1970.
Some of the major objectives of conservation are prevention and intervention to slow down the natural process of degradation that is inherent in old books.
Restoration is needed especially in the case of those collections that were added later to the library. These contain books that have suffered in a great deal because of improper storage conditions and by the fact that hey were moved several times.
During interventions one has to keep in mind the fact that these books are still used and that functionality must prevail in order to keep the traditions of more than 200 years of serving the public.
The financial needs of the conservation and restoration are met by state funding, by the help of the Teleki family, projects of the Teleki Téka Foundation and by donations.