From The Boston Globe:
It took a crew of 20 roughly 7½ hours a day over 10 weeks, but the mold is gone.
The Boston Public Library’s Rare Books Department reopened Tuesday after an intense cleaning to eradicate fuzzy white spores that speckled a medieval manuscript and other irreplaceable artifacts.
The mold was discovered on a reference book by a staff member in September. The collection includes 500,000 books and 1 million manuscripts, none of which sustained significant damage.
“Every book in the collection was cleaned,” said Laura Irmscher, the library’s chief of collections strategy. “It was comprehensive.”
The cleaning has already cost roughly $325,000, Irmscher said, and the library still plans to install new carpet. Officials also replaced upholstered seats with wooden chairs.
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