However, not all books should be stored in the upright position.
If need be, you can stack the books horizontally on top of each other in a rough pyramid shape, but be sure to not stack them too high, as all of that weight could jeopardize the boards and spines of the books on the bottom of the stack.
Should books be stored flat or upright?
In general, small and medium-sized books will be safe either lying flat or standing upright—if you do store them upright, don’t stack anything else on top of them. Heavier, large books should be laid flat.20 Feb 2019
What is the best way to store old books?
Tips for Storing Rare Books:
- Avoid storing in slipcases, which are containers that slide onto the book and do not cover the spine.
- Large books taller than 18 inches and/or wider than 3 inches should lie flat.
- Do not pack them too tightly when putting them on shelves.
- Group books on shelves according to size.
Is it OK to store books in plastic boxes?
And don’t wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap, or foil, which encourage mold. Pack books in small- or medium-size boxes or plastic containers, making sure they are weatherproof and moistureproof. New boxes work best. However, you can reuse old boxes if they are clean, dry, strong, and sealable.
How do I protect my books in storage?
Pack books in small or medium size boxes or plastic containers. For rare or limited edition books you will want to take special care when placing in storage. Wrap each book in a paper towel or bubble wrap to protect the surface from dirt or residue buildup. Never wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap or foil.24 Nov 2015