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Let’s explore some examples of what mold looks like - and what it doesn’t look like. There are two sections:

1. There's a Fungus Among Us – images of mold growth show how varied mold can be in a library context.

2. Looks Alarming But Isn't – images of some other conditions found in books, such as stains without mold growth, dust stains, foxing, and other reactions between the acids in some papers and the adhesives used to construct a book.


Books Gone Bad - Mold in Library Collections was a project sponsored by Maine College of Art, in partnership with the Joanne Waxman Library. Funding for this project came from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The Project Lead and Artist for this project was Diane J. Wren. All contents Copyright © 2011 by Diane J. Wren. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or stored in a data base or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of Diane J. Wren.