Balfour & Newton Libraries
The library of the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Why do old books smell?
Readers in this library have said in past surveys that they either love or hate the 'smell of musty old books' in the library.
What do you think? I personally like it but am in fact now immune to the smell here now! It's nice when people come in and say how much they like it too.
Here's an article all about the science of why old books smell. It's all to do with volatile organic compounds, apparently:
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