I am not sure there is any Navy instruction or DOD instruction on the issue.   Our library houses a branch of the National Archives and there are regulations about storing items produced by the National Archives that address temperature and humidity.   Of course this does not mean USNA Public Works follows those regulations.  But then again, our HVAC system was designed in 1970 and installed in 1973 before energy conservation was a consideration and we have many issues with that aging infrastructure at this time.

L. Clemens

On Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 5:57 AM Girsberger, Russ D CIV USN CENSERVSUPP (USA) <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Good morning, everyone,


We are having difficulty convincing our base facilities people that high humidity is bad for libraries.

Our temps and humidity are barely below the allowable limits for buildings on our base, so they are not concerned about long-term issues from these levels.


Is there a federal directive or other guidance that your libraries use that shows allowable levels for humans are not necessarily good for paper?


Thank you very much for your advice.




Russ Girsberger

Naval School of Music Library

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Virginia Beach, VA 23459-2617

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