On the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus, books damaged by flooding at the Jim Dan Hill Library will get a cool makeover.
They will be freeze-dried in freezer trucks and come back as good as new, according to UWS spokeswoman Lynne Williams.
Early estimates indicate that about 75 percent of the collection — 150,000 books and an unknown number of periodicals — can be saved through the freeze-drying process. The company contracted for the procedure is on retainer with the Library of Congress, Williams said.
The collection of books cannot be moved to a different section of the library. Because of the structure of the building, they are too heavy to be placed anywhere but the basement, Williams said.