A New Solution for Dirty Books: a UV Sterilization Machine

A New Solution for Dirty Books: a UV Sterilization Machine Libraries If that story back in November about the infested library books grossed you out, I have a solution.

A public library in China has installed a book sterilization machine. It's about the size of a refrigerator, and it uses a UV light to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses. In just 30 seconds, most books with a questionable past can be rendered completely safe for their next reader.

The book pictured at right is probably beyond saving, but most books aren't so obviously damaged.  In their case the book sterilizer should be more than enough to kill whatever friendly gifts were left behind by the last user.

In addition to the UV light, this machine also has fan. The fan is used to make sure that the pages are spread wide enough that all are exposed to the light and it also blows a mild perfume onto the books. The change in smell is said to calm readers and reassure them that the book was clean.

The machine was installed in the library some time ago, and while it is accessible to patrons few used it until recently. The library director reports that more patrons are sterilizing the books they check out, especially on the weekend.


image by Enokson

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on A New Solution for Dirty Books: a UV Sterilization Machine

  1. The public libraries in Taiwan have had these machines for years. I used to live in Taichung (the 3rd largest city) and their southern branch library had several of these machines installed in the children’s library. They are very quick and easy to use.

  2. Richard Ahlquist // 3 March, 2014 at 7:16 am // Reply

    I have suggested for years that schools need a robot with a UV emitter to go through the building at night when no one is there to UV “wash” and cut back on sickness.

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