Library Storage Facilities - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081027547

Library Storage Facilities

1st Edition

From Planning to Construction to Operation

Authors: Wyoma van Duinkerken Wendi Arant Kaspar Paula Sullenger
Paperback ISBN: 9780081027547
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Page Count: 180
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Table of Contents

Section One: Consideration and Planning
1. Planning Strategically for a Storage Facility
2. An Introduction to Storage Facilities
3. Basics of Construction Methods and Phases
4. Building a Storage Facility

Section Three: Preparing for Operations
5. Software and Hardware
6. Staffing
7. Workflow
8. Collection management

Section Four:  Transferring Materials
9. Moving collections 
10. Receiving materials

Section Five: Sustaining operations
11. Preservation, humidity and temperature
12. Access and delivery of requested materials
13. Reporting – how to show effectiveness, efficiency and impact (why does anyone care?)
14. Preparing for future growth


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.

Key Features

  • Provides insight into the importance of high-density library storage facilities
  • Lays out the process for funding, planning, and building collaborations around storage facilities
  • Shows how to prepare a storage facility for operation in terms of staffing, workflow and equipment
  • Considers repurposing existing structures as a way of building a storage facility
  • Presents how to incorporate a storage facility into services and operations


Academic libraries, library directors, library deans, collection development officers, university administrators, cataloguers, interlibrary loan officers, preservation librarians; library consultants who are hired to consult during the construction of library storage facilities; contractors who are hired to build the storage facilities


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About the Authors

Wyoma van Duinkerken Author

Wyoma van Duinkerken is director of the Joint Library Facility at Texas A&M University Libraries. She has also held a number of additional roles at the Libraries, including coordinator of Cataloguing Record Support, coordinator of Acquisitions Monographs, reference librarian, and administrator of Virtual Reference. Her research interests include, project management, storage facilities, organizational change management, servant leadership, and library administration. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, and co-authored three monographs.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Joint Library Facility, Texas A&M University Libraries, TX, USA

Wendi Arant Kaspar Author

Wendi Arant Kaspar is Professor of Library Practice at Texas A&M University. She holds a MLS from the University of Washington and an MS in Management from Texas A&M University, College Station. She joined Texas A&M University in 1996 and is Coordinator of the Policy Sciences & Economics Library. Her research interests include Human Resources and Management in Libraries, Innovation in Library Services, Outreach and Liaison. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and co-authored two monographs.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Library Practice, Texas A&M University, TX, USA

Paula Sullenger Author

Paula Sullenger is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, a position held since 2004. She is currently Associate Dean for Information Resources at Texas A&M University Libraries and has held a number of additional roles at Auburn University, including serials cataloguer, serials acquisitions librarian, head of the Acquisitions Department, and head of the Electronic Resources and Serials. Her research interests include library management, assessment, electronic resources, collection development, acquisition, and collection management. She has written a number of articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, TX, USA