Proper Care and Handling of Audio-Visual Equipment

Taking care when handling any audio-visual equipment item is one of the more effective, cost-efficient, and easily achieved preservation measures.


  • Wash and thoroughly dry hands before handling A/V materials
  • Store and handle materials in a clean environment
  • Keep food and drink away
  • Do not touch playing surface(s)
  • Keep playback equipment clean and well maintained
  • Allow materials from cool storage to acclimate to room temperature before playing back


  • Handle grooved discs (78s, 45s, LPs, lacquer discs) by the edge and label areas only
  • Handle optical discs (CDs, DVDs) by the edge and center hole only

Magnetic tape (Reel-to-Reel or Open Reel)

  • Handle by the edge of the plastic or metal reel (the flanges) and center hub only
  • Do not squeeze the flanges together, which will crush the tape pack in between

Magnetic tape (Cassettes, Audio and Video)

  • Handle by the outer shell only
  • Do not touch the spools


  • Hold with middle and index fingers, open to a V shape, in the cylinder
  • Do not touch the outer, grooved surface (the playing surface) of the cylinder
  • Allow wax cylinders from cool storage to acclimate to room temperature before touching to avoid thermal shock

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