January 23, 2022

Report: “Czech National Library Scrambles to Save Thousands of Books At Risk of Decay”

From Radio Praha/Czech Radio:

Over 90 percent of books in the Czech National Library printed after the year 1800 are threatened with destruction caused by acid, which has been forming in the paper over the years.


On Wednesday, 3,800 volumes from Prague’s Klementinum, which translates into over 2.2 tonnes of paper, were loaded on a truck and shipped to a special chemical treatment facility in Germany, which will neutralize acids in the paper so as to prevent it from disintegrating. The Czech Ministry of Culture has earmarked six million crowns [approx. $240,000/USD] for the project.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.