What climate, temperature, etc. issues do I need to build a "good enough" storage shed for my books?
November 23, 2012 4:36 PM Subscribe
Please help me design & figure out how to build a "good enough" storage shed for my personal library. What with all the librarians lurking on MetaFilter, I figure that you guys should know the answer (or at least be able to bless me with an abundance of opinions), right? :)
posted by Jacqueline to home & garden (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am unhappy with the prices (high), convenience (low), and conditions (infestation of book-glue-eating roaches) at my local climate-controlled storage place and thus would like to just build my own storage shed on my husband's land for my personal library. My current home is too small for a library and will be for the forseeable future.
Right now my library has 1,200+ books, with the contents always growing of course. I'm starting over on shelving too as all the books are currently in boxes but I want them all on shelves I can browse. The climate should be optimal for the books, not me -- I'll just be in there long enough to pick out books and put them away.
Nothing I'm sorting is antique, rare, valuable, etc. -- just your basic growing home library of nonfiction how-to and other reference books.
I don't want to spend a fortune. I live in Central Virginia (think Lynchburg / Appomattox area) in terms of climate, but I've only lived here for a year so I have no idea what the typical climate is here year-to-year.
My initial Google searches weren't turning up useful enough information fast enough and my husband is threatening to close the laptop on my fingers so that's all I've got for now. I'll follow up with answers to any questions tomorrow.