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News Fri Feb 08 2008

More Than Worms

The University of Illinois's Rare Book & Manuscript library is dealing with a problem far worse than book worms -- mold infestation has forced it to close for several months. The Sun-Times reports that approximately 15,000 books may be affected in this collection, which includes papers from Carl Sandburg and pages from the Gutenberg Bible. The collection is valued at more than $1 billion. Thankfully, officials say the damage does not appear to be irreparable nor does the problem pose a health risk. The library is expected to close on February 25 and reopen on May 5.

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