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It can be a daunting task to go through your collection and examine all books for mold. Staying organized and using a consistent approach helps:

  • It is simpler to train staff in at least some parts of the process
  • You will know that each book has been handled consistently
  • Library staff can quarantine questionable books for later close inspection.

The process of examining a book for mold is more like a flow chart than a linear progression of steps. When designing your own library’s response, consistency is more important than following the steps provided here exactly. You may want to adapt the steps to better suit your library’s workflow.


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.