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Storage Guide

  • Never store documents or books on the floor, especially if they are in a basement. If at all possible keep books and paper in a living space, not a basement or an attic. Moisture also allows for mold growth. Once mold appears it can never fully be removed. Check all items thoroughly and immediately if you see "sawdust", bugs or water. One should check items frequently to ensure the least damage if a problem occurs.

  • Never use a book to press flowers. The moisture and acid from the plant will stain the paper and the added thickness will eventually break the binding.

  • Never rest books open with covers up to save a spot. If a bookmark must be used, be sure it is of thin, acid-free paper, and it is not left for a prolonged time.

  • Never apply tape or sticky notes to books, photographs or any other object you value. Although tape may seem to help mend a rip, it actually causes far more damage in the long run. Anything that is self-sticking contains chemicals that continue to act on a surface for years, causing brittleness, discoloration, and possibly loss.

  • Keep food and drink away from all objects you value. Spills happen! All food and drinks should be consumed away from desks or tables with valued materials on them.

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