For all the good things about Kindles and e-readers, nothing can match the experience of reading physical books. The touch, feel, weight and smell all add to the magic and can transport us not just through the pages but back to our youth.

“Reading is a passport to countless adventures” – Mary Pope Osborne.

One of the most fun bits of reading books we love is of course sharing them with others. If a book is good it can inspire us, and no doubt we want others to enjoy it too.

So, how do you keep your books safe and in good condition? Here at Metro Storage we’ve seen our units filled with precious books of all shapes and sizes over the years, so we know a thing or two about keeping those pages safe so you, or someone else, can enjoy them over and over.

Limit Direct Sunlight

For our books at home, the temptation is there to show them off. The problem is when they start to dominate, and before you know it there’s a mini library growing in a corner of your room taking up space. Don’t let the books sit in direct sunlight for too long as this dulls the cover art and can turn the pages brown.

Humidity is a killer

Humidity is perhaps the biggest enemy of books. It causes condensation and dampness which can lead to mould, warping, and even attract. And not of the bookworm kind. None of these things are good for the safekeeping of your favourite novels.

Watch out for pests

If you’re using a self-storage solution, this is a good general tip. The T’s and C’s will carefully explain what is not to be stored as some items do attract pests looking for a home. Unkempt books provide safety and warmth for insects.

Don’t over or under pack your boxes

Not enough space between books can cause them to bend, while too much space can lead to dents and dings. No good for that special first edition you’ve kept safe all this time. It’s also advisable to use padding. Bubble wrap and acid-free paper between books will keep them from damage.

Use small boxes – and stack properly

It’s often tempting lumping as many books as you can into the smallest number of boxes. Your back will be the first to complain when you later try to lift your complete collections of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Stephen King back catalogues. It’s also useful to think how they sit next to each other. Don’t rest the books on their spine or stack then atop each other. Large books can lie flat, but that’s about it.

Avoid the floor

Finally, don’t place your book boxes directly on the floor, either in a storage unit or at home. Aside from the fact they’re a pain to lift, it can also damage them if something spills. Try to use shelving (perfect for books, either at home or in a unit), or rest boxes atop pallets or other boxes.

Save that dust jacket

Collectors know that a dust jacket in good condition can significantly increase the value of a book, but it also works for protection. Use acid-free paper to wrap books or line boxes; acid found in newspaper ink for instance can react to the ink and destroy the book.

Added protection

One trick we’ve picked up is saving silica packets from other stuff we’ve bought to stick in boxes with books. There are other moisture-absorbing products you can use to protect the pages, but silica gel works a charm.

Metro Storage are book handling specialists

At Metro Storage, we have many different-sized storage rooms to suit your needs. We can help advise and source stand-alone shelving for the books you want to protect. All our storage rooms come with free insurance for full peace of mind.

We also have extended opening hours so you can access your books whenever you want.
Give us a call for free on 0800 999 5881, or fill in a form and we’ll get in touch with you.

We’re here to help!
And remember: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr Seuss 😊