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Why do old books smell?

Why do old books smell? YouTube video

This is not just another story about the smell of old books. Three years after publication of a theory explaining how the smell relates to paper composition and degradation, research performed at the Centre of Sustainable Heritage at the Bartlett was featured in a Youtube video and sparked renewed interest in the topic.

Read about the research in an article by a Guardian blogger, see the videoclip, and follow the public discussion with UCL researchers.