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How To Store Antique Books The Correct Way

Last Updated on August 18, 2023 by Louisa

When choosing your book storage, you have to take extra care when storing antique books.

Antique books are not just a collection of old pages but a treasure of history, and if you don’t have the proper antique book storage, then you could subject them to mold growth or damage.

Keeping them safe and well-preserved is crucial in order to maintain their value and historical significance, as well as preserve their life for years to come.

Whether you’ve inherited antique books or just started collecting them, it’s important to learn how to antique books properly.

In this guide, I’ve shared some of my top tips for keeping your antique books in good condition and storing them correctly.

How To Store Antique Books

If you’ve just started collecting old books and you’re not sure of the correct antique book storage, here are my top tips for storing them correctly and preserving their lifespan…

1. Choose the right storage area

Avoid storing your antique books in areas with high humidity or extreme temperature changes such as attics or basements.

Instead, look for a cool, dark, and dry place like a library or a bookcase in a well-ventilated room.

In fact, you should use this practice when storing any of your books, as exposing your books to direct sunlight can speed up the yellowing process.

2. Use proper bookshelves

Bookshelves specifically designed for antique books are ideal. These bookcases have solid edges that protect the book from dust, light, and accidental damage.

If you don’t have access to one, choose a sturdy bookcase with adjustable shelves that can accommodate different book sizes and shapes.

3. Keep them clean

Dust and dirt can accelerate the deterioration of antique books. You can prolong their lifespan by keeping them clean.

You should clean your books regularly by gently wiping the cover and pages with a soft-bristled brush or a piece of archival-quality cloth.

If you’re not sure how to clean your antique books, here’s a complete guide on how to do that.

4. Preserve the original condition

Avoid using tapes, self-adhesive materials, or any acidic substance that will leave a residue or stain on your antique books.

Instead, preserve the original condition of the book by using archival-quality materials by wrapping them in acid-free paper or polyester.

5. Don’t overcrowd the shelves

Overcrowding the bookshelf can lead to damage to the book’s spine or cover.

Make sure that the books have enough space to breathe, and support each other without putting too much pressure on the binding.

Final Thoughts

Preserving antique books requires a bit of care and attention but it’s worth it in the long run.

By following these simple storage tips, your antique books will stay beautiful, valuable, and fascinating for many years to come.

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About Louisa Smith

Editor/Founder - Epic Book Society

Louisa is the Founder, Editor, and Head Honcho of Epic Book Society. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom and graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with a degree in Journalism. Louisa began her writing career at the age of 7 when her poetry was published in an anthology of poems to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Upon graduating university, she spent several years working as a journalist writing about books before transitioning to become a Primary School Teacher. Louisa loves all genres of books, but her favorites are Sci-Fi, Romance, Fantasy, and Young Adult Fiction. Read more Louisa's story here.

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