Books with printed, coated paper

Freezing Procedures:

  • Keep very wet until ready to freeze or air dry.
  • If freezing is delayed, pack books in box lined with a plastic bag to prevent drying.
  • Perform triage of wet books.
  • Inventory books by call number before packing.
  • Separate animal skin bindings from cloth and paper bindings.
  • Animal skin bindings cannot be vacuum freeze dried without damage occurring.
  • Place freezer paper or polyester webbing between books to prevent sticking.
  • Pack books one layer deep, spine down, in a plastic carton or corrugated box.
  • Pack oversize items flat with freezer paper or polyester webbing between items.
  • Pack containers three-quarters full. Fill extra space with crumpled plain paper for support.
  • Write the shelving range/call numbers on multiple sides of the box.
  • Contact a conservator or preservation specialist about recovery of frozen animal skin bindings.