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Library facilities increasingly require high-density storage facilities. There is a need for a guide to assist the library community in understanding how to build, implement, and manage a high-density storage facility. Library Storage Facilities examines high-density library storage facilities, considering how such facilities are changing the nature of collection management and physical space in libraries.
The book discusses types of storage facility, and explores how institutions can collaborate and embrace cost savings options through opening shared off-site storage facilities, addressing common needs and maximizing value and space in on-campus libraries.
Considering a unique partnership between the Texas A&M University System and the University of Texas System, the book highlights best practice and lessons learned from planning, designing, constructing, and implementing a storage facility. The book discusses efficient storage strategies, geometric efficiency, systems integration, environmental control, envelope tightness and specialized equipment to create a highly-efficient, expandable building. It emphasizes unique aspects of shared ownership including the use of a resource-in-common model and single-service-copy-only model. A focus on the work environment shapes a facility where staffs are comfortable and motivated to succeed.