Caring for the collections Collection care Collection Care ensures that the Library’s rich and extensive collections are available to all those who wish to use them. Fact sheets Care of paper based materials Paper-based materials are relatively fragile, however, there are ways that you can preserve their longevity. Caring for photographs Each photographic process is unique but general guidelines may be given about their care, storage and use. Dealing with mould Mould can not only damage paper based materials but is a significant health risk. Storage of newspapers Newspapers are generally not made to last. In order to prolong their life a number of steps may be taken, the most vital of these being adequate storage. Drying a wet book How to dry a wet book carefully without damaging it. Smoke and odour removal How to rescue paper based materials that have been affected by smoke or odours. Further information about collection care The Collection Care Branch can help with information about preserving, storing and protecting your collections.