How To Safely Store Your Books

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There was a lot of concern a couple years ago that print books were going out of style with the introduction of e-readers. If our self-storage facility in Philadelphia is any indication, though, books aren’t going to be disappearing anytime soon. Books are one of the most popular items stored here at EZ Storage! That seems to mean that not only are homes in Philadelphia filled with books, we keep buying more and need somewhere to store them. It’s a great problem to have, really.

If your home is started to become overrun with books, we have the perfect storage space for them. Whether you can’t part with your paperback romance collection or want to keep your prized sci-fi hardcover collection safe, we make storing your books convenient and affordable. There are a number of things that you can do before you bring your books to us to store to help them stay safe. Here are some of our best tips for better book storage.

Best Tips for Better Book Storage

Use plastic bins.

If you’ve read any of our other storage tip blogs, you know that we’re a fan of plastic bins. They are a much safer option for putting items into long-term storage and are especially great for books. They provide protection from moisture as well as pests that could end up ruining your books. Plastic bins also give you a clear view of what’s inside so you can quickly locate a favorite book without opening all the boxes in your storage space to find it. Plus, they are easy to stack and won’t fall over and expose your books to hazardous conditions, something that’s common with cardboard boxes.

Clean them before storing.

Dust can be damaging to books, so it’s a good idea to clean them before you put them away. Use a microfiber cloth or the soft-bristle attachment on your vacuum to remove dust from the books before you put them into your plastic bins. This will prevent damage and help them stay cleaner while in our storage facility.

Store them flat or standing up.

The best way to store your books is to either lay them flat or stand them up on their bottom edge. If you store them with the spine up, the weight of the pages could end up pulling away from the spine of the book and falling apart. You don’t want to store them leaning on either the front or back cover, either, because this will also weaken the spine and could end up ruining your book. For long term storage, flat is best; that way you don’t have to worry that your books have tipped and are being damaged.


Keep them cool and dry.

Books should be stored in a cool, dry, and dark place. Direct sunlight, moisture, and heat are all bad for books, especially when they are exposed to those conditions for long periods of time. If you decide to store your books outside of your home, look for a self-storage facility that offers climate controlled conditions. Your books will store much better in these conditions and they’ll come out of storage looking as good as new when you need them again.

Take extra care with rare books.

If you are putting rare books into storage, it’s a good idea to take a few extra precautions to ensure they don’t lose their value. You can purchase customized book sleeves for your collection to give them an additional layer of protection. Rare and valuable books should be handled with gloves on, too, since the oils from your hands could end up doing damage to the pages. A book collector can provide you with even more tips and suggestions.

We Have the Book Storage That You Need

EZ Storage in Philadelphia has storage spaces in a variety of sizes so you can safely and easily store your books. We’ll find the space that suits your needs and your budget, whether you are storing a couple precious books or are storing up books to start your own library someday. Get in touch with our team by giving us a call or contacting us through our website and we’ll make sure you get the space you need quickly and at a great price.