With the popularity of e-book readers and tablets, it sometimes feels like books are going out of style. For those of us who love to collect and read books, there is no replacing the feel, smell, and touch of a classic hardcover. If you have a book collection that is taking over the storage space in your home, it may be time to learn about proper book storage. Books are fragile, and if they are not stored correctly, they can suffer irreparable damage.
You Need Climate Control
Low humidity can cause the paper to become brittle. Too much humidity and warmth can result in mold growth. Fluctuations of humidity can cause a book to slightly expand and contract, resulting in physical deterioration. This is why it is not advisable to store books that are important to you in your garage or attic. They should be kept in a space that is kept below 70 degrees with humidity consistently between 30 to 50 percent. Storage spaces with climate control can maintain the perfect humidity and temperature to protect your collection.
Prepare Your Collection for Storage
Storing books is not as simple as putting them in boxes. Before you begin storage, you should make sure they are dirt free. When books are stored with dust and grime, they can develop stains. If you have old and delicate books in your collection, they should be wrapped in cloth before being put in boxes.
Choose the Right Boxes
It is advisable to find acid- and lignin-free boxes. Boxes that are free of acid will not damage your collection during storage and they are more likely to remain intact and sturdy. Remember, even the best boxes can deteriorate if they get wet. It is advisable to rest your boxes on top of wooden pallets or metal shelves to avoid moisture absorption from the concrete.
Few things are as satisfying as an organized bookshelf with everything in its proper place. When storing your books, you won’t have the luxury of seeing the book covers. As you place books in boxes, write down on a sheet of paper each title and keep that paper taped to the outside of the box.
Consider Your Options
At STORBOX, we have units available to fit all of your book storage needs. Our climate-controlled units are affordable, safe, and secure. Why not visit one of our book storage ready units today?