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Breathing books

British museum reading room

Did you know that books can breathe?

In the old days people visiting the British Museum complained of getting headaches. This was because books seem to absorb or "breathe" in air and "breathe" out smells of their own. There was so many old books in the Museum that there was no fresh air left which meant people got headaches from breathing in bad air.

Nowadays, the British museum and most libraries have airconditioners to get fresh air into the building.

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