Glossary to terms of information literacy
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(From the Latin 'to make similar').
Reproduction of an original (for example, an image or manuscript with all its individual features.
In making a facsimile, blemishes or other signs of use may also be reproduced, so that the facsimile can often barely be distinguished from the original.
If a library's collections include a facsimile, then the original item (for conservation reasons) will often not be available for public use.