How to take care of library books
What’s the best way care for library materials? | Hoover Public LibraryTo librarians, it's a too familiar scenario. A patron returns a book that left the building in good condition but now is damp, moldy, torn, marked up or otherwise damaged. A disappointment to both librarian and patron who is now responsible for the book's repair or replacement. Too bad. With proper care, books last a long time so multiple patrons may enjoy them. Without it, they deteriorate quickly and become an unwelcome donation to the Friends of the Library sale. Damage to books usually results from careless handling or improper storage so here are some suggestions for avoiding the most common book disasters.
Taking Care of Library Books
Back to the Research Library. Proper Care of Library Books main content. Proper Care of Library Books. Shelving and Handling Books Do not leave books on shelves or carts with the foredge down. This damages the spine and joints. Leave books upright and firmly supported on shelf when shelving or retrieving.
Libraries provide a great service by letting you check out and read their books for free. To make sure everyone in your community or school has the opportunity to read the books in a library's collection, it's important to keep the books you borrow in good condition. You can do your part by handling library books properly, protecting them when you're not reading them, and dealing with any damage you find. Looking for some good rules of thumb? Kim Gillingham, retired librarian, tells us: "Treat the book the way you would your favorite book. This article was co-authored by Kim Gillingham. Kim Gillingham is a retired library and information specialist with over 30 years of experience.
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