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If your collection contains high-valued volumes or albums with great sentimental value, you should consider taking them with you personally. The rest of your collection should be packed in strong medium-size boxes so they are easy to move.
Cut the Weight
Before packing your book collection, consider how much you personally value each one of them. Because of their relative density, books tend to cost more per square foot than many of your other possessions. We recommend that you donate unwanted books before you pay a hefty price to move them.
Find a Sturdy Box
Use a strong, medium-sized box to keep your books safe and manageable. You should pack books with their spines touching the bottom of the carton and of the same general size together to help distribute their weight. Do not pack with spine facing up, as the weight of stacked boxes can cause pages to buckle and bindings to break.
Pack with Care
Wrap expensively bound volumes or those of special sentimental value like picture albums before packing them. You can also separate them with cardboard to ensure that the spines remain straight and avoid side-to-side friction from damaging the covers.