In the United States and beyond, libraries are establishing themselves with a new mission—one more focused on learning than simply reading and researching. Makerspaces have been created in the places where static bookshelves once stood. Large rooms that once held book collections are being renovated for lecture and workshop use. Computer labs for accessing the Internet and taking online courses are cropping up in even the county’s smallest rural libraries.
What results is more than redefined spaces—by providing a variety of learning opportunities and resources, libraries have once again become front and center in the communities they serve. Compact library storage helps create space for modern uses.
How are libraries making these spaces happen? It’s not through additions or major renovations—it’s through rethinking the storage and accessibility of their collections with a combination of solutions:
By eliminating aisle space and compacting books in shelves that are able to move back and forth, many libraries are doubling the amount of books they are able to store in the same footprint.
These readers and prints give library patrons the opportunity to scan or print something from microfiche and access it from a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
Our static shelving solutions, whether traditional cantilever library shelving or sturdy 4-post shelving, offer a wide range of options and storage accessories for storing and displaying books, documents, periodicals, and a wide range of media formats.
Some materials are more requested than others. Certain collections can be transferred to an archival storage facility, where high-bay shelving can compact items, yet keep them 100% accessible for requests.
BROCHURE: LIBRARY TRANSFORMATIONS
See how libraries are transforming their storage in order to meet all the needs of a modern library.
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The first step in repurposing your library is to determine the resources that are most beneficial—and most accessed—by your patrons. A part of this assessment is determining the current mix of patrons that use your facility as well as any groups you hope to attract.
Our goals are two-fold: to condense your current collections into a smaller space, and to allow adequate storage to plan for future growth. Our storage experts can provide an in-depth storage and space analysis for this crucial step.
Mobile compact library storage solutions can be more affordable than static storage, and no matter how simple or complex the repurposing project is, we work with a keen eye toward respecting your organization’s budgetary restraints. Keep in mind that existing shelving can be mounted on mobile carriages, further reducing cost.