FAQs about Dealing with Damage to Books (from the Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Dealing with Mold on Books
People removing mold from books, paper, or other surfaces should wear a mask to reduce the risk of infection. Even non-toxic mold can cause respiratory problems. Remove any dry, loose mold from paper with a clean, soft cloth or a HEPA vacuum. If mildewed paper is damp, dry it first, in an airy place or freeze it. Spread pages of books out fanwise to air. If the books are very damp, sprinkle cornstarch or talcum powder between the leaves to take up the moisture. Leave starch or powder on for several hours, then brush it off.


Presentations
Levy, Norma: First Aid for Books (poster session) -- presented at the 2001 AJL Convention.
Jones, Karen. Book & Document Preservation Brochure -- presented at the 2002 AJL Convention.