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Video: Here's How to Save Your Water-Soaked Books

13 September 2017

Hurricanes in Florida and Texas left thousands of books waterlogged and damaged. Can they be repaired?

The Syracuse University Libraries offer a video primer on how to dry and repair books damaged by floods as big as Harvey or as small as an overflowing sink.

To contact the author of this article, email david.wagman@ieeeglobalspec.com


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Re: Video: Here's How to Save Your Water-Soaked Books
#1
2017-Sep-13 1:10 PM

Brilliant idea to post this video! I spent 20+ years working in libraries and didn't know about pressing the book down after it's dry.

For highly-valuable books--that Hemingway first edition, for example--or for books with a lot of photographic plates or other graphics, consulting with a preservation specialist at a public or academic library would be a smart move. Check here for instructions on drying out a smart phone.

Re: Video: Here's How to Save Your Water-Soaked Books
#2
2017-Sep-13 2:00 PM

I really like what I saw in this common sense video. The part about freezing the book in a ziploc bag if you can't get started on it right now is totally brilliant!

Question: Has any preservationist experimented with using humidity lowering agents?

Do you want the ambient humidity to be in a controlled range when fan drying?

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