Please help with precious art book collection!

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  1. Gregg Shiu

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    I just recently got back from California visiting family and my cousin asked for my help with protecting his art books. He was concerned with the fact that from the position the bookshelf (with windows in the doors) is facing, no matter where you put it in the room, sunlight hits it at some point during the day. Will this over time start to turn the pages an ugly yellow cover or anything, because they're pretty expensive and irreplacable art books, something a person like me can't appreciate :p) I've tried looking to see if there might be some sort of film he could use to coat the glass to protect them from any light-based damage, but to no avail. Anybody have some ideas?
     
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    Sunlight will certainly fade the spines over time; don't think it should affect the inside of the book.

    I assume the film is for the house windows, or is it a bookcase with glass doors.

    If someone doesn't know of a film that will do the trick, I'd invest in a small curtain rod, with some artistic fabric, and put a curtain on the bookcase.

    Awkward to get at the books perhaps, but will look good in the room, and preserve the books.
     
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    Yes, you can buy film that'll block UV. It's the same type stuff you put on your car.

    Also, I've seen those pull-down tinted window shades. The same thing, only in spring-roller-shade form. [​IMG]
     
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    Sunlight won't hurt the interior pages (unless he's got some strange system where they're exposed to sunlight, in which case it will indeed yellow them). The white covers on art books by Abrams, etc. are notorious for yellowing and sunlight will greatly hasten this process. Cover them with something. Even a blanket will do in a pinch.
     
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    ...or perhaps a bookshelf that has a door on the front. Something that will keep the UV off the books.

    Jay
     
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  7. Gregg Shiu

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    Thanks everyone for the help. It was kinda weird how I explained it, I'll admit. His bookcases have doors with small windows on them. And because of the weird design of his house with window and skylight positioning it's quite hard to protect them, but I'll refer him to these helpful pieces of advice immediately.
     
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    If they were really that valuable, your cousing probably doesn't want people looking through them too often. So, displaying then isn't necessary.

    I'd Vacuum seal them in some space bags or something. This will prevent moisture, or any other pollutants from destroying them...
     

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