- When storing your books, you can have them either upright or lying down. For oversized and/or heavy books, you can lay them down on your shelf to prevent distortions that could occur if the books are leaning against one another diagonally. Bookends can also be used to support books in an upright position.
- Store your books away from direct sunlight, which can fade or discolor spines and dust jackets.
- Avoid storing books in (acidic) cardboard boxes. Shelves, archival boxes, or even plastic tubs will provide a more stable environment for long-term storage.
- Regular dusting of your books is the best method of cleaning. Use a cloth or duster to dust off your books while they are on the shelf. Make sure to clean your shelf every once in a while too!
Our books bring us comfort and joy in many ways, whether we’re starting a new novel or rereading old favorites. So, as you go through your books to dust and rearrange them, take a moment to remember all of the fond stories that kept you reading through the day, and how you can continue to maintain these treasured collections.
We hope you've enjoyed this entry in our new series focused on caring for your family heirlooms. This series will continue throughout the summer and cover a variety of items and materials. The next post will shift focus from paper-based materials to preventive conservation and integrated pest management. If you have any comments on the series thus far, including materials you’d like to see covered in future posts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are in our hearts and minds as collectively we focus on saving lives. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. When we emerge from this global crisis we must and will rely on art and culture, preserved for today and for future generations, to foster joy, well-being and hope. We encourage you to visit our web site for regular updates on our department of art conservation and news coverage of our treasured students and alumni at home and abroad.