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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Storing books and papers

If you are storing books and papers in a garage, don't do this. These books are ruined due to weather exposure and pests.  Books, like plants, need to be tended to regularly, not just left to fend for themselves.

If you must keep papers or books in a garage, then you should keep them in containers that do not expose them to elements.  I always choose clear containers so that items are easily visible and I add silicate packs or a box of baking soda to absorb moisture.

Truly valuable books and papers must be stored in acid free archival boxes.

The Library of Congress has great information on the proper storage of books and papers at

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