Books with printed, coated paper

Air Drying Procedures:

  • Insert freezer paper between the covers and the text blocks of each book to prevent the covers from staining the pages.
  • After separating pages, place freezer paper between the pages to prevent sticking. Do not over-stress the bindings with excess freezer paper or insert freezer paper deep into the gutter.
  • Small books with rigid covers can be stood upright and fanned open. Invert books every 8-12 hours to prevent damage to the covers or sewing and to promote even drying.
  • Oversize books or items with weak covers should be placed flat and opened as far as possible without damaging the spine. Support covers with blocks at a partial opening if the item cannot lay flat.