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It looks like I may need to move my magic library, so I need some tips on the best way to pack books for a short-term move.

I was planning to visit my local liquor store and pick up some sturdy boxes, then pack the books in horizontal piles as best I could. I'd fill any spaces with books standing vertically, to minimize shifting. I'll also try to pack the books in the same order as they presently stand on my bookcase, so that I wouldn't have to rearrange anything upon unpacking.

Any additional ideas or tips would be much appreciated. SETH
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I would pack them flat and fill in spaces with books standing upright. I would also use the boxes they sell at Staples. They come in 5-6 to a bundle and come with lids. You could line the boxes with plastic bags to protect them from rain, etc.

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Sethb,

Pack your books flat: with the sides of the books parallel to the bottom of the box.

Packing hard cover books with the weight of the book on the spine can result in damaged binding or the text entirely separated from the cover.

Liquor boxes are very sturdy & free (from the right store). Filled with the weight of books they are of a manageable size & weight.
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Thanks to all for the tips.

The one rule I'm certain of, is that the safest and best place for books is in a bookcase. Anywhere else, and you're just looking for trouble! SETH
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A bookcase with glass doors. Smile
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You know, I'm not sure about that!

I read somewhere that the old-fashioned "barrister's bookcases" with the sliding glass doors are actually BAD for books. They do keep lots of dust out (and also small children, cats, spilled drinks and would-be book borrowers). But supposedly they also prevent air circulation, which can cause foxing and mold and other not-so-great stuff. I can always blow the dust off a book, but not mold!

So for now, I'm just sticking with the plain vanilla style open bookcases, and shelving the books a few inches back from the front edge, to try and keep them out of harm's way as much as possible. SETH
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I have recently moved my books to the my new library the old library was in too short place and I have books too many so I deccided to change the location of my library so finally I changed the location by Heliping packing and moving service Man and van Putney this company give me the whole packing services of my books and shift them to the new area I was really happy with there work they install every packing stuff to the new location and place books in very nice way. So I was be feeling great to hire that company for packing and moving my books.
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Put one layer of bubble wrap, if you have it, over the books before closing the box. It's an extra layer of protection, especially if you're stacking the boxes while moving.
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I'm sure this is too late to be of use to the OP, but it might be helpful to others who come across this thread...

When moving in the same city, or within a couple hours of my last home, I prefer to take the books myself because I know I'll be more careful than most movers.

I keep several milk crate style containers on hand specifically for moving books. They're made of sturdy lightweight plastic, have built-in handles on the sides, and nest securely on top of each other when stacked.

Before packing a crate, I cut two strips of bubble wrap about 3 feet to 4 feet long each. Then I lay the strips into the crate perpendicular to each other like a big cross or plus sign (+). That gives me two layers of bubble wrap on the bottom of the crate and long strips which run up along each of the four sides of the crate. I pack similar sized books into the crate horizontally in a single stack with heavier books on the bottom, and then I drape the four ends of bubble wrap over the stack and tuck them into the opposite sides one at a time. Make sure the stack is at least an inch or two lower than the top of the crate to allow stacked crates to nest into each other without resting on top of books (and a shorter stack will result in a lighter load to carry). You can add extra padding between the wrapped stack of books and the sides of the crate if there's still space and if you're worried about shifting/sliding.

This system has worked really well for me.
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That's the best idea YET! Thanks for sharing!

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