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Subject: Long term book storage question
Date Posted: 1/23/2008 6:59 PM ET
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I have to put my house on the market soon. We are moving from Wa to either VA or MD this summer.  I got a storage unit to put some furniture, Christmas decorations and stuff-to make the house look less cluttered.  It has a moisture barrier door.  I wanted to box up the bulk of my 300+TBR mountain and the books on my shelf. I'll have easy access to the unit.  If I store them in plastic tubs will they be all right?  They'll be in storage for a few months depending on how long it takes the house to sell and when he has to report to his new command.

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 7:09 PM ET
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how much do you care about them?  i would still worry about moisture, depending on where it is the storage unit is located.  for books that i love, i wrap each book individually (for collectibles). 

i found this on the net (googled):

Storage
When packing books, lay them flat in the box. If that is not possible, pack them spine edge down. Never pack books with the spine up. Wrap them in newsprint or old newspapers, but never in plastic. Books will stay in excellent condition for many years if they are wrapped in newspapers, carefully packed, and stored in a cool, dry place.

its also important to allow sufficient space between your books.

 

and this: http://www.loc.gov/preserv/care/books.html

 

Date Posted: 1/23/2008 8:01 PM ET
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I was wondering if I should wrap them in something.  I have a bunch of blank newsprint paper.  I could use that.  I'm going to hold off as long as I can on putting them into storage.  None of them are valuable collectible type books. But I'd still like them not to get moldy. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 1:56 AM ET
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Great info Alex, thanks!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:08 AM ET
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your very welcome!  :)

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:16 AM ET
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We are in the same situation.  Since our storage unit is not climate controlled, I decided not to put any of my books over there.  They probably would have been fine, but I would be absolutely sick if anything happened to them.

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 9:40 AM ET
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I live in Minnesota, the land of a thousand climates... When I moved to college, my mother packed up all my books and put them in their (not at all climate controlled) storage shed. Then, they lived in my garage for a couple years. I am just now unpacking them, (yay new house with a bedroom just for 'library') and they all seem to be fine. They were packed in cardboard fruit boxes and elevated above the floor on wooden pallets and stored for at least 5 years. I'm sure plastic totes will protect your books even better than that!

Date Posted: 1/24/2008 10:18 AM ET
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If you're concerned about moisture, you could buy some desiccant packs to toss in. I'm sure it would help. (That link is to buy in bulk, but I'm sure you could find someplace that has smaller quantities.)