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Protecting Dust Jackets: A Query

As Nomi and I were waiting on line last Thursday for the Jasper Fforde reading, I noticed that the fellow waiting behind us had a plastic cover protecting his book's dust jacket. The cover looked exactly like the kind that libraries use to protect their hardcover dust jackets, only the dust jacket wasn't glued or taped to the book.

For years I've meant to look into protective covers for my own personal library, but I've never actually taken the time to do so. I asked the guy where he got the dust jacket cover, and he said I should check out Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings. Apparently, that's the company that produces these book jacket covers; in fact, now that I know that, I've found their name and logo imprinted on the inside of the book jacket covers used at our own local library.

I began browsing through their page to find the most appropriate item for me to order, but I started getting confused by all the selections. Since I know that there are other bibliophiles and some librarians out there, I thought I'd ask for advice about book jacket covers on this blog.

I'm looking for something that's inexpensive, easy to apply, and that doesn't use any sort of adhesive to stick to either the book jacket or the book. The fellow on the line behind us recommend buying a roll, which can be cut into sizes as you need it, but Brodart makes more than one kind of roll as well. So if anyone out there could offer a suggestion as to what sorts of book jacket cover supplies I ought to buy, I'd be very appreciative.


I have purchased covers from Brodart (actually, I may have bought them from a different supply company) for my own personal library. These do not use any kind of adhesive. It takes a little practice to get good at putting them on, but then you're golden. And it's the kind of thing you can do while watching TV or listening to music.

I don't recommend buying a roll, however, only because I think they would be difficult and/or tedious to cut. Instead, I purchased several sizes, and I've donen very well with them (although I'm not nearly through covering my books; I'm doing the more valuable ones first). I don't have the size info at hand, but can check when I get home this evening and post another comment.
I don't recommend buying a roll, however, only because I think they would be difficult and/or tedious to cut.

i've watched lisatheriveter use hers, and it's actually really easy. the roll comes in a dispensing-box much like aluminum foil or saran wrap. all you need is a flat surface and perhaps some scissors or a sharp paper-cutter.

By the way, do they make a similar item for paperbacks? (And I'd also probably be looking for covers for large-size books as well.)
Were you able to check the size info last night?
Sorry for the delay in responding. I forgot that I had my writing group last night, and I didn't get home until well after midnight!

I purchased my covers from Gaylord Brothers (also a library and office supply company). They're on the Web, of course, but they also have a toll-free number: 1-800-634-6307.

I purchased:

#9 -- 8 1/8 to 9" high
#12 -- 10 1/8 to 12" high
#14 - 12 1/8 - 14" high

The only problem is, I don't know if the actual BRAND I purchased was Gaylord or Brodart. But I am going home for lunch so should have a quick answer for you on that.

The #9 covers I use for small hardbacks. I collect a lot of young adult fiction from the 1940s to the 1960s, and they fit that size (a bit like a trade paperback size, only thicker and in hardback). Come to think of it, this size MIGHT work for book club editions, but I'd have to check to be sure.

I use #12 for most standard hardcovers. I got the #14 because I have a lot of children's picture books.

I've never looked into anything for paperbacks. It would be a bit tricker to do that without adhesive, I'd think.

Hope this is helpful. I'll try to confirm the brand name of my covers.
They are Gaylord brand. I've been quite happy with them.
Thanks! I'll look into Gaylord as well.

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