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.

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