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Book doctor rescues old documents

Sixty-year-old Di Weisheng works as a researcher at the rare book division of China’s National Library in Beijing, where he restores old books and documents that are falling apart.

He uses a special glue and rice paper that are of similar colour to patch up thousands of visible or invisible holes on book pages with the help of a magnifier.

However, this is the easiest part of his job.

Many books have been soaked by flood waters for a long time and have never properly dried.

Most of their pages are stuck together.

Many more older books simply fall into fragmentary pieces once touched.

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