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What Can Library Staff Do to Help Preserve The Collection?


Shelve books properly. When books are shelved with the spine facing up, the weight of the text block will eventually make it pull away from the cover. If a book is too tall for its shelf, lay it flat or shelve it spine down.

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bookends keep books in the right position

Use bookends to keep books standing upright on the shelves. If books remain leaning for a period of time, the binding becomes permanently distorted.

Do not lay books on top of an already full shelf. This will damage the books and make it difficult for users to take books off of the shelf without causing further damage.

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Avoid book truck accidents by not overloading them. Use a bookend if a book truck shelf is less than full. Keep your load balanced.

Report damaged books to your supervisor.

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