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We all love library patrons. They use the services we provide, check out resources, research information, and ask questions that keep our lives interesting. Sometimes, they are less popular, particularly when they return books that look as though they have been taken swimming.

This happens, however: you go out in the morning, with a stop to return library books on your to-do list. At some point during the day, the sky changes from sparkling blue to dark gray. Inevitably you are outside with your library books; your umbrella is back at home. The sky opens up and starts to pour. The books are doomed.

Not every damp book has to be discarded, however. You can salvage books from such tragedy.

Step 1: Assess the Damage
Step 2: Treating a Wet Book
Step 3: Desiccation Chambers and Sun Treatment


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.