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This week our nation celebrates Preservation Week.  The American Library Association initiated this week-long celebration following a Heritage Health Index report in 2005 by the Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  ALA encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Now in its ninth year, the Baylor Libraries have partnered with the Waco-McLennan County Public Library to offer a variety of learning opportunities for the Waco community.

Monday night (4/23), Beth Farwell (Director of Central Libraries) joined Houston Journalist Michael C. Duke to share lessons learned following Hurricane Harvey and resources available to prepare for saving your own family history.

On Saturday afternoon (4/28), Baylor Libraries personnel will participate in a Preservation Fair between 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the South Waco Library.


For more information on Preservation Week, visit

Quick tips for preserving your family treasures

FEMA recovering family documents

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Moody Memorial Library, we are counting down 50 unique items from the special collections housed in the half-century-old building. For this edition, we will celebrate spring and growy things with a look at a few of our oldest botanical books. (apologies to those suffering from allergies!)

36 - 33

Welcome to the world of botanical history. These are pre-linnaean, meaning they are written prior to Carolus Linnaeus’ creation of our modern taxonomy of natural genera and species of organisms. Linnaeus lived between 1707-78.


#36 : "Commentaires...Dioscoride..." by Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577)


#35 : "Cruydeboek" by Rembert Dodoens (1517-1585)


#34 : "The Anatomy of Plants" by Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712)


#33 : "Historia Muscorum" by Johann Jakob Dillenius (1687-1747)

You can access these materials by arranging a visit with our special collections staff! To make an appointment, please visit our web page:

This post is part of the 50 for 50 series highlighting 50 unique and fascinating items found in the Central Libraries' special collections. The series is being held as part of the ongoing celebration of Moody Memorial Library's 50th anniversary.

The two biggest additions to Moody 104 this week are actually notable subtractions: namely, the filling in of existing doors on the south wall and the opening up of a new grand entrance in the southeast corner that will welcome people into the space. Much progress has also been made on the electrical conduit and framing out of two projector walls on the north and south ends of the room.