You might try the American Library Association website or contact their helpdesk. Here’s an ALA presentation in 2014 found in a Google search that may help:





Vincent F. Shawver MLS, Ed.D

Federal Library Manager

US EPA Region 7 Library

11201 Renner Blvd.

Lenexa, KS 66219


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This document might include some sort of citation. Otherwise, NARA Guidelines should help:


There are also a number of relevant NEDCC Leaflets:,-relative-humidity,-light,-and-air-quality-basic-guidelines-for-preservation


Matthew Pearson

Systems Librarian

Ralph J. Bunche Library
Office of Information Programs and Services

U.S. Department of State


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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

1420 Gator Blvd.

Virginia Beach, VA 23459-2617

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