Hurricane Sandy pounded bookstores and libraries across the North East destroying many books in her path. To help bookstore owners, librarians and anyone else who is hoping to save a book, Melville House has put together a list of helpful tips on how to repair water damaged books.
Here is one helpful tip: “Books can be placed in a plastic zip lock bag or stacked in a crate spine down and frozen to keep the material stabilized if you need more time to carefully dry the books. Rapid freezing to -15 to -20 degrees is necessary to minimize damage from ice crystals, so be aware that home freezers can’t always achieve this. A food storage freezer is ideal for this method.”