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Notice of Liability: The information in this web site is distributed on an "As Is" basis, without warranty. The advice and strategies contained herein may not be suitable for your situation. You should consult with a professional where appropriate. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this web site, neither the author nor Maine College of Art nor the Joanne Waxman Library shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the instructions or information contained in this web site.

This web site was developed with the intent of providing general information about identifying the early stages of mold infection in books. It is not intended to provide medical advice of any sort. If you believe that you have been overexposed to mold or mold spores, or if you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate you are developing an inflammatory reaction due to mold exposure, you should consult your health care provider(s).

Further, the information in this web site advocates for discarding any books found with mold. If you decide to try salvaging a moldy book, you do so at your own risk. In addition, you should only do so in consultation with professionals trained in mold remediation in books. The section on Extras and Links includes links to web sites that address health concerns regarding mold, as well as addressing the treatment of moldy books. At the time that this web site was originally developed (May, 2011) these links were accurate. Note that web site addresses do change, and not all of the links provided here may remain accurate. These links are included to give people a starting point in conducting their own research. They are not the only location for valid information. It is up to you to conduct your own research if you determine you have need of more information.



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.