Odd shaped item? No problem!

For library items that cannot stand by themselves because of their shape or size, placing them in an enclosure is a good solution to the problem.  In this case we made a custom clamshell box with filler because the item, a book on monograms, is shaped like a spade.

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In addition to its odd shape, the textblock was very brittle and the cover was somewhat warped and distorted.  Creating a fitted enclosure will help to arrest the warping and protect the brittle pages from rough handling.

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The filler for the box was constructed to give support and protection to our valuable book.  For an explanation on how to make a clamshell box with filler, please refer to our earlier blog entitled, “It’s  A Clamshell Box!  With Filler!”   

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Patrick Schmude —- Sr. Conservation Technician (UCL)