Caring for CDs and DVDs
Source: National Preservation Office, The British Library
Libraries, archives and museums hold a range of hand-held, portable media used to store photographs, text, audio and audiovisual material, games and software as digital data. CDs (Compact discs) and DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs/Digital Video Discs) are probably the most common types of optical disc found in collections. They may have been acquired as manufactured products (CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs) or they may have been created by individuals or heritage institutions (CD-Rs and DVD-Rs).