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close this book Prevention and treatment of mold in library collections with an emphasis on tropical climates: A RAMP study
close this folder 3. Implications for library materials
close this folder 3.2 Environmental factors
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3.2.3 Temperature

There is a strong inclination to attempt to modify the environment through changes in temperature alone, in part because temperature is the factor to which human beings are most sensitive. High temperatures do have a detrimental effect on library materials, and these have been so emphasised in the literature that they have tended to obscure the effects of lowering the temperature without regard to the relative humidity. As with most other environmental issues, easy answers and quick fixes tend to create problems that, in the long run, are often more damaging than the original problem.