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Every cultural institution, most offices, and many private homes house collections of books.Many of these collections will experience a water catastrophe, large or small, at some time. Small emergencies—a leaking pipe or roof, or a flooded basement—are the most prevalent and easily contained.Whether the emergency is large or small, however, a quick response is essential to fully salvage wet volumes.

This technical bulletin reviews the range of effective options for drying wet books. For a successful recovery, it may be important to seek the advice of a book conservator or a specialist in library preservation, especially when rare books or large collections are damaged.

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