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Affordable Solutions for Storing Priceless Works

All museums, regardless of size, resources, or theme, share one eternal challenge: space, or lack thereof. How do you display an ever-evolving collection of art and artifacts, and how do you securely store these objects for an indefinite amount of time, when space can be as priceless as the treasures themselves?

The folks at Rockford Art Museum in Illinois faced this very dilemma, and came to Bradford Systems for a solution. Keep reading to find out how we improved the museum’s vault without breaking the bank.

Long-Term Storage & Preservation

Speaking of vaults, one of the first steps Bradford Systems took was an assessment of Rockford’s secured area. Although works of art were protected while in static storage, limited space meant that individual pieces were often disturbed while accessing other items. Expanding the vault was not an option, so Bradford had to come up with another plan.

The answer? Spacesaver. Spacesaver high-density mobile storage solutions maximize the capacity of existing spaces. Fully customizable, these storage systems can be integrated into any existing floor plan, and feature modular shelves and racks for organizing a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. For Rockford Art Museum, the addition of a flexible Spacesaver system meant that delicate works of art could be secured between exhibitions.

Collection-Specific Storage

Art is so much more than paint. Rockford Art Museum features a vast collection of sculptures and works that don’t fit in a frame. Due to the museum’s fluid exhibition schedules, Bradford Systems integrated collection-specific cabinets and shelving into our redesign plan. These specialized storage solutions offer a wide range of precise features, tailored to the individual needs of a facility. From security concerns, to lighting, temperature, and humidity, our collection-specific museum storage protects valuable items on display and behind the scenes.

A Leader in Museum Storage Applications

We are proud of our partnership with Rockford Art Museum, and our work there speaks for itself. In fact, Bradford Systems has a long and successful history with famed cultural institutions across the Midwest. See how we helped Chicago’s Field Museum tame its wild collection of dinosaur bones, mummies, and more – some 2.2 million objects in all!

Museums both large and small encounter the same space challenges. Contact us today, and let Bradford Systems show you how our adaptable museum storage solutions can maximize the space you already have, so you can focus on showcasing your works of art instead of finding room for it all.

School Libraries: Condensing Collections & Expanding Imagination

From kindergartens to colleges, school libraries often encounter two common dilemmas: a shortage of space and/or an unproductive space. What if there was a way to solve both problems at the same time? With Bradford Systems, a nationally recognized leader with nearly 50 years of experience in space-saving storage solutions, you can!

High-Density Mobile Storage

At Bradford Systems, one of our primary specialties is high-density mobile storage. Think of shelving like a set of dominoes. When spread out, these stacks of shelves take up a large volume of valuable floor space. Pack those shelves together, however, and you free up wasted space without eliminating important material.

That’s the idea behind high-density mobile storage, an ideal answer for a common problem among schools everywhere. Utilizing moveable carriages instead of static shelving, books and other items are easily retrievable at any time, and shelves can be condensed when not in use. Newly-freed space can then be utilized by your patrons for a variety of creative and collaborative activities.

Scalable and fully customizable to exceed the needs of businesses of all sizes, we design our educational storage solutions around your specific school. There is no “one size fits all” answer; whether your institution serves 10 or 10,000 students, we have a storage system designed just for you.

Types of High-Density Storage Systems

Depending on the size of your school and the amount of collections material on-site, Bradford Systems recommends one of our four types of high-density mobile storage:

  • Standard Storage – Our Standard storage is our most popular system, packed with features and adaptable to just about any-sized space.
  • Heavy Duty Storage – For larger and/or heavier items, we recommend Heavy Duty storage, capable of holding 7,000 to 30,000 pounds per carriage.
  • Archival Storage – Our high-bay Archival storage system for floor-to-ceiling storage.
  • Low Profile Storage – Our Low Profile storage system is perfect when relocation or expansion is in your organization’s future.

We Help You Store More in Less Space

School is all about imagination, creativity, collaboration, and learning. Bradford Systems can help your institution further promote these ideals by rethinking and enhancing your available space. Let us prove it to you. Contact our team for a free consultation and analysis of your current space arrangement.

Space-Saving Storage Ideas for Libraries

Libraries provide a priceless resource for young and old minds alike. Shelves upon shelves of books, rows of computer workstations – and everything in between – give patrons a space to relax, imagine, and learn.

Speaking of space, it is often in short supply as more libraries research plans to modernize and keep pace with ever-advancing trends and technologies.

Here are three solutions for maximizing library storage space:

1. Books

One of the world’s oldest forms of information is still one of our favorites. While books are wonderful, they take up a lot of space. Some of the world’s richest libraries are also the most cluttered.

To counter this, storage solutions like the acclaimed Spacesaver system employ proven design aspects that not only maximize library space; they enhance the patron experience. Cantilever shelving and face-out end panels allow for more books to be displayed. Floor-to-ceiling lighting and soft colors invite guests to browse a bit longer. And, engineered-to-order (ETO) storage products are customized for a flawless fit in any space.

2. Other Media

Books aren’t the only items that attract patrons to the library. Newspapers, magazines, movies, music, and games are just a few of the many other features.

The answer is smart consolidation of media. High-density mobile shelving condenses materials and opens up floor space. And, static shelving that features universal slots is ETO and fully customizable to allow libraries to store more in fewer square feet.

3. Multipurpose Spaces

The library of the future is a learning center with collaboration at its core. Long, empty corridors are quickly evolving into open floor plans, study centers, children’s areas, and cafés. Making room for these inviting spaces is key!

In addition to enhanced shelving and stack solutions in areas open to the public, libraries can benefit from ETO archiving systems to securely store out-of-rotation books and other supplementary media materials.

Personalized Solutions for Your Library

Planning a redesign? Going digital? Focusing on community engagement? All of the above? Whatever the goals, Bradford Systems has personalized storage solutions to fit your library’s needs and its budget. Learn more about the products we carry and the services we offer. Find real success stories on our website, and contact us today for proven techniques to enhance the spaces you and your patrons rely on every day.

The Abe Lincoln Presidential Library: A Library of and for the Future

Sure, you’ve got your local library, and maybe you’ve visited it often enough to realize it’s real value to your local community. We’ve talked about the re-purposing of these public spaces enough to know they evolve and change to accommodate the needs of their patrons.

But what about the presidential library? Turns out, the idea of the Presidential Library began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939: when he not only donated an estate to house the various documents and records of his administration – but also set a precedence later followed by Truman and other Presidents through the years that those important records, which in many ways shaped this country, be kept and cared for in a library setting.

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Presently, because of 1955’s Presidential Libraries Act, then 1978’s Presidential Records Act of 1978, and also, finally the Presidential Libraries Act of 1986… Presidential libraries are maintained and funded through both public and private resources – enabling these libraries to become valuable and extensive archives of public record and history.

So now the question is: how do you build a library that contains so much valuable history, while controlling the investment needed to build it as well as the way the library can function for the public… AND then accommodate the planned growth of it’s archives in the future?

Turns out even the folks at the The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois knew: Use the most innovative storage products available in a way that continually allows for growth and public use.

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By utilizing High-Density Mobile Storage in archival, non-public areas and as well; incorporating custom micro-film storage, art storage and smaller High-Density systems into working, processing and high-access storage areas – the library is able to provide ample room for public access, display and working spaces. see for yourself:

The future of the library is evolving, and capacity is always an issue – these products and innovations make it possible for our Presidential Libraries to grow in the future and provide to the public as intended for generations to come.

Download our Abe Lincoln Presidential Library Case Study to learn more.