Warning not to microwave library books due to Covid-19

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Warning not to microwave library books due to Covid-19

Burn marks on a book due to being microwaved

A library has warned readers not to microwave books in an attempt to kill off Covid-19 germs. 

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) County Council Library Service in south Dublin said metal tags on pages will burn if exposed to microwave heat.  

All libraries have a policy to quarantine returned books for up to 72 hours so that they are Covid-19 free when they are borrowed by the next reader. 

The Library Service said: "No, you shouldn't microwave library books to try and kill Covid-19!

"All returned material is quarantined for 72 hours.

"Items are fitted with a metallic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag which can and will burn if microwaved."

Caoithearlach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, Cllr Una Power said: "I never thought I would tweet the words "don't put library books in the microwave" but here we are!"