Book trucks

Images and text by Garry Harrison,
Head, Circulating Collections Conservation,
Indiana University Libraries Preservation Department


Book trucks

Good book trucks are a must for any circulating collections conservation unit. Our preference is the enameled steel type. Both the body of the truck and the wheels should be sturdy and tight. Rickety, wobbly, or otherwise unstable trucks will launch books onto the floor. Beyond stability, our one unbending requirement is that all four wheels must swivel. Some trucks have two unilinear wheels and only two that swivel. We have rejected these as unacceptable, as such trucks are difficult to control and thus potentially dangerous to books.


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