Friday, 9 August 2019

Czech National Library scrambles to save thousands of books at risk of decay

By Ruth Frankova | Radio Prague |
9 August 2019

Over 90 percent of books in the Czech National Library printed after the year 1800 are threatened with destruction caused by acid, which has been forming in the paper over the years. The library has now taken a major step to prevent the valuable volumes from turning to dust, sending several thousand of them to Germany to undergo special chemical treatment, called de-acidification.