Tip of the Week - #064 (Packaging Media Materials)

Keywords: packaging, media

Keep in mind that media materials take special packaging. Please DO NOT put CDs, videos, etc into a bubble envelope without first putting the item in the proper box. The boxes provide extra protection and prevent the item from being damaged.

There are several types of boxes and padding available through OhioLINK including:

  • boxes for CD's (these come with foam padding blocks)

  • boxes for multiple CD's (holds up to 4)

  • boxes for regular size DVD cases

  • boxes for multiple DVDs (holds up to 6)

  • boxes for larger miscellaneous media sets, etc. (these are the blue & white "pizza" boxes)

All of these can be ordered from supplies@lists.ohiolink.edu.

Also, please place the notepad band (the media label/sticker) on the case of the item and NOT on the box as it will tear the box and make it not reusable.

It is important that as we circulate more and more media material that we practice good packaging. Put the media item in a box, pad if necessary (we have foam pads and bubble pads), place in a bubble envelope if it will fit, and then place in the canvas bag. This will assure the item will arrive safely at its destination. Use foam inserts when needed to keep the item from being loose in the box. Do not tape the box shut. These boxes are cardboard and the tape will tear the outside of the box. Remember that these boxes are meant to be re-used.

Also, do not put post-it note book bands on the outside of the boxes. This creates the same problem as with the tape. They can tear the cardboard box. Please put the post-it note bands on the item inside the box. The boxes are not meant to go to the patron as they may not bring them back. If you put a regular size band on the outside of the box, then the person receiving it needs to tear off the band to get to the item.

If the item you are shipping does not fit into any of the provided boxes, you will need to provide your own shipping box (but can still send it by Priority Dispatch).