Rescuing the holdings of the bibliothèque du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

In 1994, the bibliothèque du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers had to cope with a contamination due to mould (especially penicillium). Causes involved were the poor conditions of storage areas and their functional inadequacy, lack of air-conditioning, penetration of external pollution, presence of staff in the storage areas. Treatments chosen were on the one hand decontamination of the affected books, cleaning and disinfection of shelves and, on the other hand, installation of an air-conditioning system and creation of separate offices for the employees. From now on, a much closer watch must be kept on the collections