To move your books, use boxes that are clean, sturdy, and relatively shallow (remember, if the box is too large, it will weigh a ton when loaded up!)

•    Place books flat inside in short stacks, larger items on the bottom
•    If possible, it is fine to stack books upright inside the box as if they were on a shelf
•    Although not best for long-term storage, it is generally fine for short moves to pack books spine down
•    Packing books fore-edge down can be problematic because the weight of the pages may pull the text block away from the covers. Remember to draw a “this way up” arrow on the outside of the box.
•    As much as possible, try to fill up the box to immobilize the materials inside
•    Tuck crumpled newspaper (or even your socks) in open spaces to keep smaller books from shifting around
•    Write HEAVY on the outside to save your back

Do you have any delicate books or books with decorative covers? Such as photo albums or scrap books? If so, you might do best to pack those separately in smaller boxes.

Do you have damaged books with loose or detached covers? You can immobilize the breaks by tying string around the book to hold the cover in place.

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