This Machine Makes It Easy for Archivists and Librarians to Clean Thousands of Books (video)

Last week the Boston Public library tweeted a 14-second clip of their book cleaning machine in operation.

A bunch of sites shared that clip, but it doesn't show nearly enough detail to satisfy me so instead I went and found a 5-minute video showing the same model book-cleaning machine in use.

Note the commercial shop vac:

The device in the video is a Depulveda. It is one of several book cleaning machines made by Oracle, an Italian company.

This is their biggest model, and they all essentially work the same; brushes knock the dust off of a book while fans suck it away.

Curiously enough, none of the machines have UV lights, which I found strange. One would think they would want to kill any mold or bacteria living on the books; perhaps the UV would damage the paper?

In any case, Library Journal has an article on book cleaning machines, if you are interested.

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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."

3 Comments on This Machine Makes It Easy for Archivists and Librarians to Clean Thousands of Books (video)

  1. UV will damage white pages that will lead to the pages fading to yellow and become more brittle.

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