Do libraries fumigate books to disinfect them?
That practice was used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when book-borrowing was seen as a possible disease vector.
The observation that the coronavirus can survive on paper and cardboard for up to one day is leading libraries to disinfect nonporous surfaces and quarantine recently circulated materials for 24 hours, says Vanessa Haight Smith, the head of the Smithsonian Libraries’ Preservation Services Department .
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