Adhesive backed Mylar Covers on crumbly leather?

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This question is probably going to make you cringe, and I’m sorry, but I have to ask it in order to contest our current library practice.

We have a roll of adhesive-backed Mylar coverings that had been used to help reinforce crumbly (picture a dry cookie and you will understand out red rot problem) book covers and covers that are just severely damaged overall.

Is this an acceptable practice or does it need to end?

On a side note, I have been trying to Klucel and SC6000 books as they have been coming across my desk for immediate use, but we don’t have the budget to repair all of them right now.

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Asked on September 16, 2019 4:38 pm
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Hi Sarah,

Keeping in mind that the goal of a public library is more uses per item over its lifetime, I would have to say that nothing will work better towards this goal than applying Klucel-G to red rot. If you then apply the sticky mylar afterward it will definitely last through more uses becasue it will stick better!

To be clear: sticky mylar is not something to be used in a personal library!


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    Answered on September 16, 2019 9:52 pm
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      Is there such a thing as too much Klucel-G? Or can I just continue to add coats of it as long as the leather continues to crumble? (Letting things dry between coats, of course.)

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