YOUR LIBRARY – THE NEWEST HOT SPOT
We help keep libraries and their storage on trend.
Today’s libraries are evolving beyond spaces solely devoted to housing books and magazines, quiet reading, and studying. More libraries are adapting to accommodate the latest usage trends including teaching, making, collaborating, innovating, participating, and many more forms of learning for teachers and students. Institutions are exploring the newer library models, utilizing flexible storage solutions to be more versatile and uncovering the space needed to do so. Here are a few of the solutions turning the page on library storage:
Flexible Library Carts
As libraries’ program offerings expand, so does the need for adaptable space. By combining the functionality of shelving with the mobility of rolling carts, Spacesaver’s flexible library carts can roll out of the way to create space for guest speakers, projects, groups, and community events. Concealed casters and locking mechanisms allow staff to easily lock the movable shelving into the floor to create the appearance and functionality of stationary shelving. Staff can also easily unlock and move the units as necessary for maintenance tasks and after-hours gatherings and other events.
Maximize Current Footprint
When building an addition is beyond a library’s current budget, compact storage can help to keep resources on-site while freeing up space for new amenities. Our High-Density Mobile Storage Systems can deliver up to three times the storage capacity of conventional shelving in the same amount of floor space — and at half the cost. By mounting storage cabinets or shelving on wheeled carriages that travel on rails, wasted space created by fixed aisles can be eliminated, freeing up valuable floor space for other, more productive uses including additional storage and learning activities.
Moving collections from libraries across campus to an off-site storage facility is a major undertaking. It can help free up space for new library services and amenities while providing an optimal storage environment for books and archival collections at a lower cost. Designed specifically for high-density off-site storage, XTend® Mobile High-Bay Storage System is the industry’s very first mobile high-bay storage system. Our team works with institutions through every step of the design and implementation process to create the most efficient off-site storage and retrieval system for their needs.
Personal Storage as Display
As campus libraries, testing centers, and other facilities change to meet new requirements for cleanliness and social distancing, Day Use Lockers bring a unique blend of quality and aesthetics to personal storage. Our Day Use Lockers help students, faculty, and staff focus on learning by providing secure places to store laptops, backpacks, phones, and other personal items within a locker with an easy-to-clean exterior. Day Use Lockers optimize form and function by wrapping a durable steel locker frame with full overlay doors that coordinate with interior design elements, including the capability to unlock with a simple ID swipe.
STEEL FLAT-FILE CABINET
Maps, drawings, and other “flat files” often pose storage challenges for librarians. These items need to be stored in a way that:
- Protects the items
- Provides safe and convenient access
- Doesn’t waste space
Steel flat-file museum cabinets are one solution, and they provide excellent protection for collections. But unless they’re thoughtfully integrated with other storage solutions, they can waste valuable space in collections areas.
Check out these inspiring design ideas for flat-file cabinets and even an alternative to steel flat-file cabinets!
DRAWERS IN 4-POST SHELVING
Libraries can use Nantucket museum-quality drawers in 4-Post shelving to store broadsides, posters, and other flat files. This solution provides safe and efficient storage while also allowing staff to use the space above the drawers for storing larger items. Staff can add more drawers or trays in the future, and they can even reconfigure the shelving units with hanging rods or other accessories.
NEED BETTER STACKS SOLUTIONS?
Reach out for a free consultation to assess your space and gain a thorough understanding of your needs. From there, we can collaborate with you and your staff to design the most versatile storage system for your location.