Save Our Books
Damaged Books: A SOB Story
Introduction
The SOB Story Begins…
• 
• HELP! Each year Averett’s Library
loses between 50 and 100 books many
to avoidable...
Types of Damages:
• Cut or Torn Pages
• Spine Damage/Loose Binding
• Water Damage
• Mold & Mildew
• Climate
• Insect Damage
• 50 to 100 books may not seem like a lot when
you compare that number to all of the books we
have in our library. However...
Cut or torn pages
Have you ever been reading
and just when you get to the
good part, you find the next
page is missing? Or...
What You Can Do
• 1. If you find a loose or missing page, let the librarian know
right away.
• 2. Use a bookmark rather th...
Spine damage&
loose binding
Some of the books in the
Averett Library collection
are old. With age, the
original binding (h...
What You Can Do
• 1. Let a librarian know 
immediately.  If caught soon 
enough, this book may be 
saved!
• 2. Store books...
Water damage
Ever see a book swell to 
three times it’s original size? 
 Maybe you have opened a 
book and found that the ...
What You Can Do
• 1. Bring the book to the 
librarian immediately.  It 
needs to be removed from 
our collection before mo...
Mold & Mildew
From time to time, we find 
books that have black dots 
or white powder and a funny 
smell.  You may think t...
What You Can Do
Bring the book 
IMMEDIATELY to the 
librarian.  The item must be 
removed before the mold 
and/or mildew s...
Climate
Wonder why libraries are so 
cold?  Books need cool, dry 
air to stay in good condition. 
 This is even more true ...
What You Can Do
• 1. Don’t leave a book, CD, 
or movie outside or in a car 
for a long period of time.  In 
damp condition...
Insects
• Why do people in libraries
get so excited if a person
brings a soda or a snack
into the library? Studying is
hun...
What You Can Do
1. Please enjoy food outside
of the library to help us
take care of our
collections.
2. Please use spill-p...
Stains
Once coffee or coke or food
has been spilled onto a
book, it will never be
removed. Stains can cause
permanent dama...
Highlighting/
Writing
Highlighting or writing notes
into the text causes
permanent damage. This
book cannot be repaired.
P...
Pet Bites
While people rarely “feed”
library materials to their
pets, they do often
unknowingly make them
easily accessibl...
Picture
Your tuition
dollars at work
Every dollar spent on
repair and replacement
of damaged books
takes money away
from the budge...
 
Reference books and 
textbooks, which are often 
highly illustrated, are even 
more expensive than other 
books.  Juveni...
Stop book damage!
Help us save our
books!
With your help, the
Averett Library can
stop most book
damages from
becoming “un...
Remember:
• 1. Always report damage to 
a librarian.  It can make a 
difference.
• 2. Never use bacon as a 
bookmark.
• 3....
Damaged books
Display
Please come by 
the library and 
view our display 
“Save Our Books…
Damaged Books:  
A SOB Story.”
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  1. 1. Save Our Books Damaged Books: A SOB Story
  2. 2. Introduction The SOB Story Begins… •  • HELP! Each year Averett’s Library loses between 50 and 100 books many to avoidable damage.
  3. 3. Types of Damages: • Cut or Torn Pages • Spine Damage/Loose Binding • Water Damage • Mold & Mildew • Climate • Insect Damage
  4. 4. • 50 to 100 books may not seem like a lot when you compare that number to all of the books we have in our library. However, many of the books we lose to this damage are NOT REPLACEABLE. • You, as an Averett Library patron, can help us Save Our Books. Damage to the book’s appearance (cosmetic) and damage to the book’s content (integrity) can be avoided. Let’s look at some types of damage and what you can do to help Save Our Books!
  5. 5. Cut or torn pages Have you ever been reading and just when you get to the good part, you find the next page is missing? Or someone has cut a paragraph or picture out of the book? This can be quite an annoyance at home, but imagine it happening in the library! Cut or torn pages cannot always be replaced, and when they can, the repair work takes a lot of time.
  6. 6. What You Can Do • 1. If you find a loose or missing page, let the librarian know right away. • 2. Use a bookmark rather than “dog ear” the pages. This makes it less likely for the pages to tear at the top. (Note: Post-it notes are not a good bookmark. The glue is toxic to book pages.) • 3. Rather than cutting pages or pictures, find a copy machine or just write down the information you need from the text. • 4. If you accidentally rip a page DO NOT repair it with Scotch tape. We appreciate your concern for damaged books, but over time the glue on the tape turns yellow and stains the book and can actually break brittle paper. Did you know conservators in private practice charge $7.00 per INCH to remove tape from books?! Please bring books with torn pages to the attention of the library staff, who will see the book gets appropriate, expert repair.
  7. 7. Spine damage& loose binding Some of the books in the Averett Library collection are old. With age, the original binding (how the book stays together) can fall apart. Maybe you found a book on the shelf and the pages sag when you pick it up, or the spine is pulled up and torn on an end or side.
  8. 8. What You Can Do • 1. Let a librarian know  immediately.  If caught soon  enough, this book may be  saved! • 2. Store books in an upright  position.  Placing a book on  its opening edge can cause  the binding to come loose! 3. When you pull a book off  of the shelf, try and pull from  the center of the book.   Pulling on the upper edge  can tear that part of the  spine. 
  9. 9. Water damage Ever see a book swell to  three times it’s original size?   Maybe you have opened a  book and found that the  pages are wavy or the print  is smeared.  This is what  happens when a book has  water damage.  Maybe it  was rained on, something  spilled on it, there was a  leak in the roof, or someone  thought it would make a  neat base for a sail boat.  In  any case, water damage is  usually something we can’t  fix. 
  10. 10. What You Can Do • 1. Bring the book to the  librarian immediately.  It  needs to be removed from  our collection before more  damage occurs to it or to  other books on the shelf. • 2. If the book becomes wet  while it is on loan to you,  don’t panic and please let a  librarian know what  happened.  We will save the  book if we can.   Unfortunately, if we cannot,  you will be charged for the  replacement of the book.   • So, let us know, and maybe  you can help us save a  book! • 3. Place your drink on a  coaster or a paper towel.   This will keep the moisture  off of the book. • 4. Watch where you keep  your book.  Sometimes,  without thinking, books are  placed in the kitchen or  bathroom near potential  sources of water damage.
  11. 11. Mold & Mildew From time to time, we find  books that have black dots  or white powder and a funny  smell.  You may think that  ink or something else was  spilled on this book, but  beware.  Mold and mildew  grow and spread to other  books!  They are a great  danger to any collection.   Mold and mildew happen  because a book was damp  or there was too much  humidity in the room.  Only  one thing can be done at  this point.
  12. 12. What You Can Do Bring the book  IMMEDIATELY to the  librarian.  The item must be  removed before the mold  and/or mildew spreads to  other books on the shelf.   This book is a danger to our  entire collection.  We will not  be able to save this one, but  you will have helped to save  many others by letting us  know!
  13. 13. Climate Wonder why libraries are so  cold?  Books need cool, dry  air to stay in good condition.   This is even more true for  non-print resources like  CD’s or movies.  If the air is  dry and hot, books can dry  out causing the pages to  become brittle or the cover  to fall apart.  In damp or  humid conditions damage to  the binding, onset of  mold/mildew, and other  damages can occur.  Non- print resources can lose  data, warp, or melt!
  14. 14. What You Can Do • 1. Don’t leave a book, CD,  or movie outside or in a car  for a long period of time.  In  damp conditions, the cover  of a paperback or hardback  can warp, and extreme heat  can melt non-print  resources or soften the glue  in a book and cause a cover  to fall off! • 2. Bring a sweater with you  when you enter the library.   We do wish we could keep it  warmer, but the books need  the cool, dry air.
  15. 15. Insects • Why do people in libraries get so excited if a person brings a soda or a snack into the library? Studying is hungry work, after all. What’s the big deal? • The problem is that crumbs and spills can attract insects and vermin. Many of these beasts eat paper and glue, as well as cookie crumbs. Liquid damage may lead to mold, leave stains, or may attract insects.
  16. 16. What You Can Do 1. Please enjoy food outside of the library to help us take care of our collections. 2. Please use spill-proof cups in the library. Leave to-go cups and cans outside.
  17. 17. Stains Once coffee or coke or food has been spilled onto a book, it will never be removed. Stains can cause permanent damage. Furthermore, not only are the pages grossly discolored, but also the stains can lead to mold or cause the pages to stick together. The best way to prevent staining is to avoid eating and drinking around library material.
  18. 18. Highlighting/ Writing Highlighting or writing notes into the text causes permanent damage. This book cannot be repaired. Patrons should never treat library books as if they own them. These books are in the library to benefit everyone and should be treated as such.
  19. 19. Pet Bites While people rarely “feed” library materials to their pets, they do often unknowingly make them easily accessible. Dog owners might tuck their shows in the closets to protect them from Fluffy, but they do not always think to protect library books in a similar way. Keep library material out of harms way.
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  21. 21. Your tuition dollars at work Every dollar spent on repair and replacement of damaged books takes money away from the budget available for buying new library resources.
  22. 22.   Reference books and  textbooks, which are often  highly illustrated, are even  more expensive than other  books.  Juvenile books are  many times more expensive  to replace than they are to  buy originally.     It costs $325.00 for a reprint  of a book to be ordered from  Reprint Services Corp.   Many books more than a  few years old are out of  print, and so must be gotten  through a reprint service if  available.  They may be  irreplaceable altogether.
  23. 23. Stop book damage! Help us save our books! With your help, the Averett Library can stop most book damages from becoming “unfixable.” So take a couple of moments when looking at our collections and think of ways you can help us to save our books!  
  24. 24. Remember: • 1. Always report damage to  a librarian.  It can make a  difference. • 2. Never use bacon as a  bookmark. • 3. Bathtub reading is a risky  venture. • 4. Dog ears are cute, but  not in books. • 5. In a fight between a book  and a puppy, the puppy  always wins. • 6. Books are a unique  treasure, but that doesn’t  mean you have to bury  them.
  25. 25. Damaged books Display Please come by  the library and  view our display  “Save Our Books… Damaged Books:   A SOB Story.”

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