Bookmark Quiz #3


Our book tears give us tears

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The book you checked out of the library has several pages that are badly torn.

What would you do?

1.  "Scotch" tape the tears.taped page

Sorry, this answer is not correct.  Pressure sensitive tape, even if the manufacturer advertises that it is made especially for books and is sold as permanent, invisible, or magic, will usually dry out, stain paper, gum up cloth, shrink, and ooze at the sides.  It can take hours to remove the adhesive residue of a few pieces of old tape.  Don't complicate the efforts of the library conservation staff experienced in making repairs by trying to save them work.


2.  Tear the pages out because they will come out anyway.

Sorry, this answer is not correct.  Tearing the pages out just makes the repair more time consuming and costly.

3.  Tell the librarian about the torn pages when you return the book.

Correct!  Tell the librarian about the torn pages when you return the book.  Repairs, no matter how small, are best left to library personnel who are specially trained to do them with archival quality materials.  Well-meant repairs can be regretted later.

4.  Hope that the pages won't fall out before you return the book.

Sorry, this answer is not correct.  It is a good idea to keep the pages together and hand deliver the book to the circulation desk rather than slip it into the drop box.  This way you'll be sure the book will receive the proper care before returning it to the circulating stacks.

5.  Not return the book because you might be accused of mutilating it.

Sorry, this answer is not correct.  Discovery of a torn page or pages does not mean that you caused the damage.  Please return any material you have checked out of the library lest you be charged to replace the book.

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