When you see the work “tux” you may think of an expensive, fancy dress suit for a gentleman. What I think of is a protective, thin box made out of 20 point tan board used to protect a fragile or uniquely structured book.
Recently we received a donation of several very old, unique books that need protective enclosures and will be housed in the Cage area. Tux boxing is usually used on thin books where we cannot make a phase box but also a few of these books are thicker in depth and I still chose to do tux boxing because of space limitations in the Cage. Using thinner, 20 point boards means more room on the shelves instead of making a phase box or CMI box. Not all of these tux boxes are heading to the Cage. One is going to the Library’s Storage Building, which also has space limitations, and another is going to the General Collection shelves and just needs a protective wrapping around it. Other times I’ve had to make tux boxes for books that have unique or decorative covers that need protection from the books it will sit next to on the shelves. The tux wrap keeps them from rubbing together and getting damaged.
These are nice little boxes that are easy and quick to make in just a few minutes, and provide great protection for fragile and unique books. Think of it as a way of “dressing up” a book!