15 Self-Storage Methods For Books, Magazines & Digital Media
Your collection of books, magazines, and other media may possess great monetary and sentimental value. Extra pre-storage care is necessary because they are susceptible to environmental damage such as dust, moisture, and pests. Here are some suggestions to help you properly pack your collections for self-storage.
- Label all the boxes on all sides so the writing is easily seen.
- Oversized boxes are difficult to lift and move. Use average size boxes that you can easily handle by yourself.
- Use boxes of similar size to make it easy to stack and maximize space.
- Fill boxes completely to prevent their contents from shifting. Filled boxes at the bottom of the stack will not be crushed even when the other boxes above it are heavy.
- Raise boxes off the ground using wood pallets, plastic or cardboard.
- Wrap boxes in plastic to protect them from moisture. You may also use waterproof plastic containers.
- Use locking and fireproof containers to store valuable items.
Preparing Print Media for Self-Storage
- Keep books and magazines in climate-controlled self-storage units.
- Insert sheets of paper between books to keep the covers from sticking. Do not use newspaper, as newsprint may transfer.
- Place firm cardboard sheets between magazines and comic books to keep them from bending.
- Alternate directions for book or magazine spines.
Preparing Tapes, Cassettes, and Digital Media for Self-Storage
- Analog recordings such as tapes and cassettes are more vulnerable to deterioration compared to discs. It is best to store them in individual cases inside archive-quality containers.
- Tape media should be stored away from anything with magnetic fields to prevent data loss.
- Climate-controlled self-storage units are ideal for tapes and cassettes in regions with freezing temperatures.
- Although discs are less susceptible to environmental damage compared to tape media, they should still be stored in scratch-free sleeves or wallets.
Investing in proper storage and archive-quality packing materials will protect your valuable books and collections. If you have any questions, please call us at (330) 484-1370 or send us an email.