Pockets

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Our library has things that go into the backs of the books, like pocket parts (lots and lots of pocket parts). A few times we have had books that require stuff in the back, but there’s no pocket.

How would you recommend adding a pocket into the back of the book for things like maps? The only thing I could think to do was pasting an archival envelope to the back cover…

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Using an archival envelope for relevant ephemera is a good idea. As long as it is acid-free paper that should work. The envelope could be an actual envelope or you can make a simple folded enclosure. You don't need to use adhesive over the entire area of attachment. Too much connection may warp the board. Adhesion on just the corners should be enough. To keep the ephemeral item from developing an acid shadow, make sure it is entirely covered by the envelope. You will be protecting the book from the item and the item from the book - both. If the item is acidic you might consider using a de-acidification spray on the item and you might consider using a buffered paper for the envelope. Also, don't attach it too far into the inner hinge area to avoid damaging the hinge.

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