"In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends, but they are imprisoned by an enchanter in these paper and leathern boxes..." Emerson



Books you may have purchased as new, used or out of print lose much of their market value because of even a small amount of damage.  Your book care over time can slow down your collection's deterioration through proper environment, shelving, handling and storage conditions.

Your books must live in stable and comfortable temperature, air quality and lighting conditions.

You must carefully set them when shelving, placing and positioning them.

Your care in handling them includes proper retrieving, holding and marking.

Archiving, storing and mailing your books well helps ensure their future enjoyment by you and others.

BookUse also means a glossary and a  book collector cafe'.

In closing, sensitivity to the physical features of your valuable and rare books increases your efficiency and productivity in study skills, and perhaps increases your books' market value over time.  Use of books, like most tools, can be more enjoyable if you follow these common sense guidelines.


The American Library Association's "Your Old Books" helps you determine the market value of your book or collection


You can find further information on book care and repair at the Open Directory Project


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