Space-Age Drying Method Salvages Library Books

Issue 12 and Volume 126.

Space-Age Drying Method Salvages Library Books Photo from Temple University News Bureau by William M. Smith A space-age drying process is salvaging thousands of books, journals, pamphlets and documents, some of them going back to Colonial times, which were water-soaked during a fivealarm fire” at the Law Library at Temple University in July 1972. About 60,000 soggy volumes were removed from the 400,000-title library soon after the fire and placed in commercial food freezer storage plants and they are now being put through a drying process at the General Electric Space Division at Valley Forge, Pa. There, the books and papers are placed in a 3000-cubic-foot thermal-vacuum chamber that primarily has been used for testing spacecraft, such as the Nimbus weather satellites and the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, under simulated space conditions. The day after the fire, Temple turned over the salvage problem to the Insurance Company of North America,…

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