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Subject: Polyester film and shelving

Polyester film and shelving

From: Jerry Shiner <keepsafe>
Date: Friday, July 13, 2001
Betty Steckman <bsteckman [at] njstatelib__org> writes

>A local library is planning to use a mylar-type product as a
>protective barrier on their shelving in a special collection. They
>have asked me how to fasten the mylar sheets to the shelves so they
>don't slip when books are slid off and reshelved. What would be
>considered good practice here?

I recently discussed the total wrapping of similar shelving in
sealed envelopes. Simply fit the shelf into a ready made barrier
film envelope, remove the excess air (press with a pillow or use a
small vacuum cleaner) and heat seal the envelope.

The result is a tightly wrapped shelf, using no tape, no adhesives,
and no staples. The process is quick, and takes little skill to do.
The films are robust, and should last a long time, besides, pinholes
will mean very little in this situation, and the shelf can be
reversed if the film on one side or edge does become damaged. Does
anybody see any problems with this?

More information on barrier films and sealing methods is available
at <URL:>

Jerry Shiner
Object and Textile Conservation Services Ltd.   O/A
Keepsafe Systems and Forever Yours Gown Bridal Preservation

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