Going along with our current Vintage Library display theme, we thought you might like to learn how to take care of your own vintage library!
Old books need to “breathe”. When locked away without ample moisture in the air, the natural materials become brittle. Pages of the book become easily torn and the bindings begin to break down. On the other extreme, too much moisture in the air can leave the book open to mold.
So, here are some tips to storing your books long term that will permit them to keep their value as well as preserving them.
• Do not store in basement or attic. Both these areas have “extremes” such as heat, cold and humidity.
• Store them upright making sure that they have support on each side whether that be from other books or a bookend.
• If the bookcase has an open back, do not put the bookshelf on an outer wall. If you have no choice, do not push the book all the way in. Moisture does come through the wall. You need some space so that the moisture can dissipate before reaching your books.