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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Frank25 April, 2017

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

    1. John25 April, 2017

      Yep, pretty much analogous to the effect UV light has on human skin.

      1. Nate Hoffelder25 April, 2017

        Yes, but the brushes are also going to cause damage – and so could the machinery.

        I think UV lights – and the option to turn them off – would be a worthwhile addition.

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