Mold, Pest, and Water Damage Response

Sending materials to Preservation Services

  • Suspected mold or pests: Please place item inside sealed plastic bag, include a BLUE Mold and Pests streamer, and route to Preservation Services.
  • Wet or damp book: Please place item inside a sealed plastic bag, include a PINK Rush Request streamer, and route to Preservation Services.

Water response

Additional mold information

The following provides information to help discern if an item has been infested with mold.

What is mold?

What causes mold?

What does mold do?

How can mold be identified?

What do I do if I find mold growth?

How can mold be prevented?

Examples of moldy material
Examples of non-moldy materials which may appear moldy

Further Reading

Florian, M. E. (2004). Fungal facts: Solving fungal problems in heritage collections. London, UK: Archetype Publications.

—-. (1997). Heritage eaters: Insects & fungi in heritage collections. London, UK: James & James.

National Park Service. (2007, August). Mold: Prevention Of Growth In Museum Collections. Conserve O Gram. Retrieved December 12, 2012, from http://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/03-04.pdf

Northeast Document Conservation Center (2007). 3.8 Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper. Preservation Leaflets. Retrieved January 14, 2021, from https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/3.-emergency-management/3.8-emergency-salvage-of-moldy-books-and-paper