# Importance of separating audiovisual formats from papers

Separating audiovisual materials from papers is important for several reasons.

• Saves on space, particularly if there are significant quantities of like formats.
• Reduces the risk of one format potentially damaging another, due either to physical contact or chemical reaction, and, perhaps most critically…
• Reduces the risk of original audiovisual materials being called to the reading room.  Ensure that all boxes containing audiovisual material are marked as non-circulating in the catalog.
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