Book lovers and collectors can identify with a few problems. The overpowering urge to purchase or borrow books comes first, even when you already have libraries full of unread books waiting for you at home. Second, when you immerse yourself in a good book, time simply passes. And the toughest challenge of them all when relocating is figuring out how to pack books for moving without ruining your collection (or breaking your back). Although packing for a relocation is a difficult undertaking, packing books must be simple, right? Avoid judging a book by its cover whenever possible.

Your favorite books may not be as easy to pack as you had imagined due to a few important variables. They might be fragile or heavy. They can be challenging to organize and come in a range of sizes. Additionally, books are particularly vulnerable to water damage because they are constructed of paper. Be at ease, though! We provide a number of moving day packing suggestions to help you move your bundles of reading pleasure effectively and safely. To efficiently and cheerfully transport your books from point A to point B, use these tried-and-true strategies.


This is a crucial stage in packing anything, not just books, and “minimize” is the watchword. Start by sorting and going through your books. Choose the books you read repeatedly, the books you wish to read, and sentimental presents from loved ones that you really want to preserve, but be honest with yourself about your decision. Along with literary duplication, any “just okay” books, and plainly unappealing novels, you may probably throw out that old college textbook you haven’t opened in 15 years. Do not feel bad about sending them away. Give them to other book enthusiasts, donate them to good causes, or store them in used bookstores.

When you’re done, take another look over your “keep” pile to see if there is anything else you can discard. If not, it’s alright. Just keep in mind that books are heavy, so the less you have to move overall, the more time, effort, and money you’ll save. In addition, you’ll soon add more books to your library.


You must gather your moving boxes before you can begin packing books for a move. Yes, you might use used boxes, but pay attention to their condition. Because books are hefty, a flimsy box can get crushed during your relocation or its bottom might come apart. Your books would suffer in any case. When selecting your packaging materials, bear the following in mind:


Let’s examine the best way to box up books. Books should often be packed upright (just as you would place them on a shelf). Both too much and too little packing should be avoided. The largest oversized books should be placed on the bottom of the box and no more than three or four should be packed in each box. Stick to upright or flat placements when packing books because doing so will harm the book’s structure and eventually cause it to distort.


The ideal approach to pack books for moving is in a way that avoids making unnecessarily heavy boxes, guards against damage, and keeps your books orderly for when it’s time to unpack. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts when moving book packing:


When you start packing boxes with dozens of volumes, a book or magazine that seems light on its own becomes shockingly weighty. Use smaller boxes and keep your packing weight to between 35 and 40 pounds to avoid packing boxes that are excessively heavy (or less). Contrary to popular belief, carrying ten lighter boxes is actually simpler (and safer), especially if you’re climbing and descending stairs.

Instead of cramming them all into one or two book boxes, you can think about distributing your book collection among your other lighter belongings (such as clothing and linens). Utilizing books as “fillers” in the tiny gaps of other boxes will help you pack more effectively and evenly divide the weight.


There are a few things you can do to simplify the process of packing books for moving when you have an absurdly enormous book collection. Pack your books with their shelf companions to make unpacking easier, especially if your collection is well-organized or covers multiple bookshelves across your home. In order to know where to take the box when you get to your new house, write the room where you intend to unload it (study, office, bedroom, etc.) on the label. Finally, think about renting a dolly so you can move many small book boxes simultaneously.

A thrilling and adventurous period might come with moving to a new house. For the book lover who wishes to relocate things in a responsible manner, it might also cause some additional tension and anxiety. The best course of action is to be ahead of the game by planning ahead and properly preparing and packing your books. You’ll feel relieved knowing that your books are being transported correctly and securely. These tips can help you arrive at your next location without difficulty so you can concentrate on more significant issues, such as the joy of discovering your new favorite reading spot in your new house.