The University of Missouri has found permanent storage for about 600,000 books damaged by mold.
MU Libraries says the books will be stored at a facility on Interstate 70, beginning June 1. And Belfor, a global disaster recovery and restoration company, has been hired to repair the books.
Professor Dan Hooley says the cleaning will begin soon. The Columbia Missourian reports damaged books will be kept in a separate space until they are all cleaned, when the space will be fumigated to be used for storage.
The books were damaged by mold at an off-campus underground storage site. About 400,000 will be saved and the rest will be available online.
Health officials say the mold was not a type that endangered human health.