The School of Mining Engineering of Madrid already had its own Self-Protection Plan based on current Civil Protection regulation, which defined the responsibilities, protocols and means available for acting in the event of an emergency. Despite this, the Plan lacked a document covering Management of the Historical Library Collection in such circumstances.
The documentary collection of the Historical Library is part of this institution’s patrimonial heritage. It is made up of around 10,000 documents and books dated between the 16th century and 1950 collected since the dawn of mining teaching in Spain, with the foundation, in 1777, of the Almadén Underground Mining and Geography Academy by order of King Charles III. It is, therefore, one of the most important bibliographic and documentary collections of mining and related materials in the world.
To ensure the safekeeping of the documentary material of the Old, Historical Library Collection of the School of Mining Engineering of Madrid, Titanio Estudio commissioned the drafting of a specific Disaster Management Plan establishing the professional responsibilities and defining the measures to take in the event of an emergency. This plan was prepared as a document supplementing the institution’s own Self-Protection Plan, serving as a manual setting out the measures, means and protocols to take for the protection, evacuation, and conservation of the documentary material of the Historical Collection.