Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Saving Wet Books Video

A few times a year wet books are sent to Preservation Services for treatment. The books may have become wet while in the care of library patrons or there was an unexpected leak in a library building. Whatever the reason the method of treating the books is the same -- dry the book as soon as possible in order to avoid a mold outbreak.

Heritage Preservation has come out with some brief videos demonstrating book salvage techniques for wet books. These are the same techniques used in Preservation Services, including storing books in a freezer. The Library's freezer was made possible by a generous gift of the Class of 1931. If you have ever wondered how the department handles wet books or if you are looking for information to take care of your own books these videos are very useful.

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