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De-acidification

A mass de-acidification facility was built as part of the new library facility that was opened at Pretoria campus. The significant part that acidity plays in the rapid deterioration of paper has long been recognized. Over time acids cause paper to become brittle resulting in loss of valuable heritage resources. The Library’s book collection contains more than 500 000 original South African publications. It is estimated that as much as 60% (300 000) are in danger of future loss due to paper deterioration. The NLSA is considering offering de-acidification services to other cultural institutions and clients in South and Southern Africa.

Contact Details
Isaac Nkadimeng
012 401 9790

Christina Legodi
012 401 9795

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