2 Universities Utilize Off-Site Library Shelving

07 Jun 2017


Campus libraries have always been the center of intellectual life at colleges and universities.  While campus libraries continue to carefully maintain paper-based collections and acquire paper-based books, journals, maps, and other materials, many universities are deciding to consolidate these collections in order to free up space to create new spaces in which to teach and learn.

Two vibrant Atlanta institutions – Emory University and Georgia Tech University – recently entered into a partnership to help modernize their respective libraries. Central to that endeavor was the construction of a new, off-site library shelving facility.  Georgia Tech moved nearly 95 percent of its collection, while Emory moved more than 1.5 million of its own materials to the space. The facility continues to accept new materials, and the site has room to build a second module when the first reaches capacity.

The newly constructed off-site library building was carefully designed to fit the neighborhood aesthetic and support a variety of functions for both universities.  See below for our Top 3 advantages to using the Spacesaver XTend® High-Bay Shelving System for this off-site application:

1. Precise Climate Control.  The materials in the LSC are stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 percent humidity in a 30,000 square foot space called “the Archive Module.” This precise climate control provides optimal, long-term preservation and retention for print and microform collections. In fact, with these conditions, the libraries’ books, papers, and documents can be preserved for hundreds of years.

2. Easy Access.  Materials stored at the facility are readily available to students and other researchers. Staff at the facility can scan requested articles and send them via email, or volumes can be delivered to campus. “A truck comes to each campus five times a day,” said the Spacesaver consultant. “Someone checking out a book can get whatever they want in just a few hours. If they want it sooner than that, they can drive over to the LSC themselves.”

3. Unified Electronic Inventory Systems.  Not only were the institutions able to combine their collections; they were able to unify their electronic inventory systems as well, which means that students, faculty and staff are able to search the combined stacks. Virtual browsing will also let users see books from Emory’s collection and Georgia Tech’s eBook collections, including millions of volumes that have been digitized.

“Together, the two universities have basically doubled their volumes because now each has access to the other’s collections…They’re able to repurpose their existing library space while saving money on real estate.”

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