Protecting Your Books With Library Supplies
The site was overwhelming to me as a non-librarian at first, but the Easy Fit Covers for 12 high books in a set of 25 fit all of our hardcover books. The books that didn’t fit were actually too wide for the pre-sized covers. I believe that next time I will purchase the same covers on a roll, which I believe will fit all of our hardcover books.
You can also use Reddi-Roll Covers or Contact Paper to protect your paperback books. Easy-Fit covers are thicker and repositionable before becoming permanent, and you can use double stick adhesive to tape the dust flaps to the inside cover of the book. Reddi-Rolls are the way to go if you want library-quality protection. Lay the book on the roll of laminate and smooth it down with a broom.
What do libraries cover books with?
Remove the dust jacket from your book and place it face down in between the clear film and the white paper. As you can see in this picture, the white paper has perforations so you can fit the cover to the height of your book.
What are the plastic covers on library books called?
The dust jacket (also known as the book jacket, dust wrapper, or dust cover) is a detachable outer cover for a book that is usually made of paper and printed with text and illustrations, and has folded flaps that hold it to the front and back book covers.
What do libraries use to cover paperback books?
Many librarians simply reinforce the weakest area of these books u2014 the corner where the covers attach to the spine u2014 with a durable clear tape, such as Demco Crystal Clear Book Tape. Mass-market paperbacks are generally the cheapest books you will buy, and you may wish to discard them after several circulations.
Should I cover my books with plastic?
Books need to breathe, and plastic can trap moisture, encouraging mold, warping, and pests, as well as reacting with the book. If you must store a book in a bag, try a paper bag or wrap the book in paper, tissue, or plain cloth.
Why do libraries cover books?
The pages are sewn in place and the spine is reinforced for each volume, with the goal of long-term preservation in mind. However, library bound books also benefit library patrons by ensuring that the volume in hand is complete, opens easily, and is easy to photocopy.
How do you keep books from getting dusty?
Wrap your books in cloth for extra protection and make sure they’re dust-free before storing them; tuck them in neatly, leaving enough room to easily remove them; use shelves, tables, or wooden pallets on the floor.
How can I protect my book?
In fact, the most important things you can do to protect and preserve your books are free.
- Keep Books Out of Direct Sunlight.
- Keep Books Out of Water.
- Keep Books Out of Extremes of Temperature.
- Shelve and Store Books Correctly.
- Do Not Store Items in Books.
How do you protect hardcover book corners?
Points of Interest
- Four inch long strips of tape ready to use.
- Tape placement for corner repair/protection.
- Press firmly to eliminate any bubbles and ensure good adhesion.
- Cut slits, being careful to leave the middle “tab” attached at the corner.
What is archival cover?
Our high-quality covers are acid-free and 100% archival safe, protecting your books from oil, dirt, and more.
How do you keep paperback books in good condition?
According to a Museum, here’s how to keep your books in good shape.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Check the temperature.
- Think about air quality.
- Don’t pick up a book by the spine.
- Handle with gloves.
- Make a digital copy.
What are the different types of paperback books?
As a self-publisher, you’ll be dealing with these two formats the most often, so here’s an explanation of the differences between the two main types of paperback books: mass-market paperbacks and trade paperbacks.
- There are three types of paperbacks: hardcover, trade paperback, and mass-market paperback.