Answered By: David Izzo Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 Views: 117
Wet books should be dried as soon as possible so that mold does not develop. Air drying is a simple process and one needs only a clean, flat surface, a fan, and paper towels. The key is to frequently replace the paper towels as they absorb water. These videos from Heritage Preservation show how air drying is done. Please note to use protective gloves if the books were flood damaged or the water source is unknown.
If there are a great number of wet books and it is unlikely that they all can be air dried within 48 hours it may be necessary to freeze the books. Heritage Preservation includes instructions for freezing. Later the books can be removed from the freezer and air-dried using a fan.
You can find more information at the Heritage Preservation website.