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I want to downgrade the number of books in our study, but I need to keep a lot of them (for my future life as a professor where I'll have a not-in-my-house office!). So........any great ideas for book storage? They'll go in the basement. I'm thinking plastic tubs, but is there any way to be sure they don't get musty beyond just being sure the top is on well? Any other storage ideas I should try?<br><br>
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Well, I work in a large academic library and some of my friends work in the preservation dept there...but you probably don't need the same level of storage/preservation (or have the option of vacuum packing, freezing, or alternative gas storage containment systems!)<br><br>
In general you'll want to make sure you're not exposing the books to high humidity and moisture (basements can be damp/wet so this is a concern). The plastic would be good for keeping out bugs/oil/general dirt but it could trap moisture inside and that could be a problem. If you're confident that this wont be a big deal, maybe put one of those "dehumidifier" satchets in each box (I see them at Lowes...you hang them in damp areas and the minerals/chemicals/who knows what absorb moisture from the air?)...perhaps hanging above the level of the books, or put it in the bottom of the tub with a grill over it to keep it from touching the books.<br><br>
You could also try those "vacuum pack" bags that they sell for long term clothing storage. Pack up the books, suck out the air, and place on a shelf. This would have the benefit of being able to "see" the books so you don't need to open random boxes to find the one thing you need to finish a citation (especially if you rember the book's color, or cover font, but not the title...it's amazing how many requests we get for "you know, the really big red book about subject X..."). And you'd be able to see quickly if there was a moisture or mildew problem.<br><br>
Keep in mind you'll want to pack your books flat so there is no damage to the binding/cover/spine and make sure that if you're not going with the vacuum option that you leave enough room for air to circulate around the books...don't just cram as many into a box as you can fit!<br><br>
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Are books better stored standing, like in a bookcase, or laid flat in piles?
 

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Well, I work in a large academic library and some of my friends work in the preservation dept there...but you probably don't need the same level of storage/preservation (or have the option of vacuum packing, freezing, or alternative gas storage containment systems!)<br><br>
In general you'll want to make sure you're not exposing the books to high humidity and moisture (basements can be damp/wet so this is a concern). The plastic would be good for keeping out bugs/oil/general dirt but it could trap moisture inside and that could be a problem. If you're confident that this wont be a big deal, maybe put one of those "dehumidifier" satchets in each box (I see them at Lowes...you hang them in damp areas and the minerals/chemicals/who knows what absorb moisture from the air?)...perhaps hanging above the level of the books, or put it in the bottom of the tub with a grill over it to keep it from touching the books.<br><br>
You could also try those "vacuum pack" bags that they sell for long term clothing storage. Pack up the books, suck out the air, and place on a shelf. This would have the benefit of being able to "see" the books so you don't need to open random boxes to find the one thing you need to finish a citation (especially if you rember the book's color, or cover font, but not the title...it's amazing how many requests we get for "you know, the really big red book about subject X..."). And you'd be able to see quickly if there was a moisture or mildew problem.<br><br>
Keep in mind you'll want to pack your books flat so there is no damage to the binding/cover/spine and make sure that if you're not going with the vacuum option that you leave enough room for air to circulate around the books...don't just cram as many into a box as you can fit!<br><br>
Good luck and I happy future office unpacking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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Wow! What expert advice!!!! I'd never thought of those vacuum-pack bags, but they are a fabulous idea. I love the idea of having little "packages" of books. I could even categorize the packages. Awesome!<br><br>
Thanks so very much...off to linens and things....<br><br>
megin
 
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