An off-campus storage facility of the University of Missouri Libraries was hit by mold. And based on a report, the damage the fungus brought was no joke.
Discovered in October, the mold problem in the said underground storage in north Columbia affected some 600,000 books. Good thing though that it did not endanger the public’s health as stated by a safety officer last week.
By now, the mold removal from the books published before 1870 is probably in progress already as they are the priority. But too bad for other materials, they might never be restored because of the cost of clean-up.
Jim Cogswell, Libraries Director, said that the removal of the spores per book could cost $3. That totals to $1.8 million if everything that was damaged will be treated. And so, he said it is likely less than half of the books will be saved. Those that will not be restored, the officials are still deciding what to do with them.
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“University of Missouri Libraries officials are trying to decide what to do with about 600,000 books damaged by mold at an off-campus storage site.
Libraries Director Jim Cogswell says the volumes were at Subtera, an underground storage site in north Columbia. The damage was discovered last October.”
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Mold feeds on the organic elements of surfaces and items. And being purely organic, books are definitely some of those things that it would likely contaminate. Along with it, it is also prone to grow on clothes, bags, sheets and furniture pieces.
But though it has already damaged a lot of things beyond repair, it’s not as if mold couldn’t be prevented or cleared. There are a lot of ways to block its growth at a certain place. But sadly, there are also circumstances, like flooding and leaks, that could stop you from preventing them.
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