May 25, 2022

California State Library’s Rare Book Collection Damaged by Water Leak

From the California State Library (via Facebook)

A ceiling leak at the California State Library Building in Sacramento resulted in water damage to an estimated 250 volumes from the General Rare Book Collection, several of which were from the 1800s.

The leak was discovered this morning [Tuesday, February 27, 2018] and staff immediately began the process of securing the collection and mitigating damage.

The library has transported the damaged books to California State Parks’ Statewide Museum Collections Center to be to be freeze-dried. This is generally an essential step in the process of salvaging the books.

There is no current estimate for the total loss that resulted from this incident.

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