ONE million books from Manchester's Central Library – including valuable volumes dating back to the 15th century - are to be put into temporarily storage with many going deep underground in the Cheshire salt mines.
Central Library will re-open in 2013 with a new state-of-the-art lending library, electronic catalogue and archive centre, to bring historic local collections under one roof. A one-stop customer services centre will also be created on the ground floor of the town hall extension.
Works from the city's reference library will be stored in the mines, hundreds of feet below ground, for the next three years while the landmark city centre site undergoes a massive refurbishment to save it from ruin.
Experts say the mine's caverns – the size of 700 football pitches - provide the perfect environment for preserving the manuscripts, which include the works of eminent academics.
Originally posted by Rising Against
Oh don't get me wrong I definitely think that is a little bizarre to place them underground when you could (I’m assuming) place them in a storage somewhere by far more convenient.
More than 22 miles of shelving and one million books - including more than 30 works dating back to the 15th century and 44,000 published before 1850 - will be relocated to the mines, Elliot House and other temporary locations including the Royal Northern College of Music. The project is part of multi-million pound plans to transform and modernise St Peter's Square and the Town Hall Complex, bringing services and facilities up to date and carrying out vital restoration works to the listed buildings.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
Of all the places I could think to store rare books and such, a salt mine is probably near the last on the list. Good lord, are they just trying to give the professional restorationists some damage to work on to keep the poor bastards employed?
Salt + book = BAD