- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri has found permanent storage for about 600,000 books damaged by mold.

MU Libraries says the books will be stored at a facility on Interstate 70, beginning June 1. And Belfor, a global disaster recovery and restoration company, has been hired to repair the books.

Professor Dan Hooley says the cleaning will begin soon. The Columbia Missourian reports (http://bit.ly/1fapXYx ) damaged books will be kept in a separate space until they are all cleaned, when the space will be fumigated to be used for storage.

The books were damaged by mold at an off-campus underground storage site. About 400,000 will be saved and the rest will be available online.

Health officials say the mold was not a type that endangered human health.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com