UT-Chattanooga froze books after flood, to save them

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga is still drying out after a burst sprinkler system caused a flood and some $48 million in damage. The library, in a recent recovery update, said it FROZE thousands of volumes to stop the spread of mold and is now sending them out for a specialized process.

"We froze some of the wet Library books after the flood as a way of preventing the development and spread of mold. Now these approximately 8,500 books are on the way to Texas for a special de-freeze process that helps to preserve the books as they thaw. We hope to have them back in 4-6 weeks. Upon return, we will review the items for integration back into the collection, or for replacement depending on the condition of the book."

Thousands of books are still being assessed for replacement.

Posted on February 11, 2016 and filed under Books.