Library Storage Solutions

Learning is no longer confined to a specific place and time. New classes, programs, and technology are creating more opportunities than ever before—and these changes require additional space to learn, experiment, and excel.

Learning takes place on an ongoing basis, and our public libraries are recognizing this shift. In a society of lifelong learning, public libraries broaden our horizons and connect us with engaging learning experiences. In order to do that, libraries are starting to repurpose their space—and compact their collections.

At DSS, we’ve used Spacesaver storage solutions to efficiently help educational institutions and public library collections store more in a limited amount of space throughout their campus and facilities.


This lookbook shows how an urban library was reborn with space for modern uses. Your information will not be sold or shared.

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Library Storage Solutions

We’ve shown many libraries throughout the Mid-Atlantic states how Spacesaver’s metal shelving, high-density mobile storage, and off-site archival storage can store more books in less square footage, and as a result, free up space for collaborative spaces, study rooms, computer labs, and makerspaces. Take a look at how we transformed Rutgers University’s Robeson library to create space for a large computer lab.


When Delaware’s new Dover Public Library was designated an “anchor library” for Kent County, the library staff knew they needed to be a resource for the community, which meant providing spaces such as computer labs, meeting rooms, and learning spaces to visitors of diverse ages and backgrounds. These kinds of spaces often mean having to condense collections while still making them accessible to patrons. We worked with the staff at Dover to make the library storage part of the library’s environment by creating individual solutions for each of the library’s departments. Height-appropriate rows of cantilever shelving was placed in the children’s reading area, while a high-density mobile shelving system condensed the books in another section of the library to make room for a study space with comfortable chairs and couches.

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Supporting a Community

Supporting a community at the St. Helena Beaufort County Library: For many years, the only access that residents of South Carolina’s St. Helena Island had to a library was a bookmobile service, and this rural community desperately needed access to technology, adult workforce development, and children and teen services. To help the library’s goal of increasing skill levels in the area’s student body, a cantilever shelving system was designed around custom wood end panels and acrylic panel dividers to separate library stacks from designated study areas. These study areas have contributed to a marked improvement of the grades of the students utilizing the center, and they serve as an example of how a library can adapt to fit the needs of a particular community.


Standards of Research Excellence

Maintaining standards of research excellence at University of Wisconsin-Madison: One of the top research universities in the world, UW-Madison knew they wanted to create a space for future collections while continuing to be good stewards of the materials they already had. An off-site library storage space, the Verona Shelving Facility, makes use of a Spacesaver XTend® High-Bay Archival Storage System by holding approximately 1.2 million volumes from several libraries across campus. Tracking software and an organizational system dictated by book size works in tandem with the off-site storage system to get researchers the volumes they need in a short turnaround time.

Sense of Place

Contributing to a sense of place at Richland County Library: In Eastover, South Carolina, history was an important part of the community’s fabric. Spacesaver was able to work closely with the architect and library staff to design a shelving solution that would increase collection capacity and open up the library for other uses—and at the same time, visually highlight the community’s local history by creating custom end-panels for the shelving that showcased historical photographs from Richland County. The result is a space that the community has embraced as their own.


Creating a Space for Makerspace

Makerspaces are a growing trend, with many libraries investing in 3D printers, software, electronics, tools and crafting supplies to encourage people to gather, invent, and learn on their own or as part of a structured library course. Using a high-density mobile storage system for their book collection, Salve Regina University’s McKillop Library was able to create a makerspace while still retaining access to their full collection with the push of a button.



Whitepaper: Space Planning Considerations for Library Repurposing


Lookbook: Smart storage creates modern spaces in historic urban library


Overview: Library storage solutions: cantilever shelving, shelves that move, and more


Case Study: Space considerations when building a new library

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