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How to Make Clam Shell Book Boxes

A simple corrugated clam shell box can be constructed from a sheet of single wall acid-free corrugated board. These boxes are faster to construct and cheaper than the traditional clam shell box seen in many libraries. The design for this corrugated box was developed by Andrea Krupp and Lillian Greenberg of the Library Company of Philadelphia and originally printed in The Abbey Newsletter, October 1991. Further refinements on the instructions are provided by the staff of the American Philosophical Society. Like a clam shell from which it derives its…

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Modified Four Flap Wrapper

A modified four-flap wrapper can be constructed and glued into a binder to protect thin items or loose pages. This wrapper is similar to a four-flap wrapper (previous post), but it has a closing tab instead of the flap that tucks into the wrapper to hold the wrapper shut. The Modified Four-Flap Wrapper can be cut from a single piece of cardstock but it will be less wasteful to cut two separate pieces and glue them together.   Use a piece of paper…

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How to Make a Four Flap Wrapper

Wrappers and boxes are other ways to protect books on the shelf. In a general library collection, they might be used to protect Reference books that cannot be repaired or replaced.  A modified four-flap wrapper (separate post) can be used to house fragile items or loose pages inside a binder. FOUR-FLAP WRAPPER The four-flap wrapper is constructed from two pieces of folder stock which can be obtained from book supply sources or specialist stationers. Use the technique of measuring with a piece of paper explained…

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Plastic Book Jackets

Replacing damaged or soiled plastic book jacket covers is a fast way to make books look new and inviting. The best kind of plastic book jacket cover to use is the type with two parts: a clear, plastic front and a white paper backing.   Choose a size of plastic book jacket that is long enough to cover the entire length of the book jacket. Slide the book jacket in between the plastic front and the white paper backing. Turn the book jacket over and…

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