The Re-Repurposed Library

The next chapter in your library story… probably the next few.

Library /ˈlīˌbrerē/noun (plural libraries)

A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution.
Oxford Dictionary 2012

This definition of library was taken from a recent edition of the Oxford Dictionary. While it is a true description, it lacks detail. Libraries are so much more now than before.

books_being_stackupLong gone are the days when the main purpose of a library was to store the books and media for the community to borrow, for a period of two weeks or be subjected to a small fine for a tardy return. Today, libraries are repurposing themselves to address the ever-changing needs and wants of the community. It isn’t just the nerdy kid with Buddy Holly glasses who visits the library anymore. No, it’s people seeking employment or self-improvement visiting the library. It’s teens looking for a place to hang out who go to the library. Families looking for entertainment without having to secure a second mortgage go to the library. And, yes, folks still go to the library in search of nostalgia in the form of printed books and periodicals.

Library repurposing remains a strong and increasing trend across the country. Computer labs, employment and entrepreneurial incubators, conference and workshop venues, youth centers and deliverable services are sprouting up everywhere. A few libraries have even designated space for coffee cafés, allowing patrons an upscale literary experience. Some of repurposing is reactive, but much of it is pro-active. Libraries realize that they must repurpose to maintain and grow their membership.

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Bradford Systems offers many storage solutions for any type of library repurposing project – because we simply live in this world; the world of solving space issues, and that is what repurposing a library is all about.

Do you need more space and a capital campaign to build a new wing is not realistic?
Consider a mobile storage solution and storing infrequently accessed materials off-site (or onsite in an area you didn’t think you could use). You will be able to decrease your storage footprint by at least 50% and provide the area for new library services.

Thinking of adding a new or making over an existing reading room?
How about using 4-post and cantilever shelving, or perhaps some custom modular casework to add some pizazz to the new space? With this type of storage and organization, you’ll be able to showcase a variety of media, making it a more inviting space for your patrons.

Is an area for teens to hang out or a computer lab is on your To Do list?
Try 4-post and case type shelving available with an endless palette of color choices and end panel, workspace and counter top materials such as granite, marble and wood laminate and frosted acrylic. Glass movable walls or inter-changeable desk/table areas can also add a inviting “hang-out” aura. It’ll make the new space pop, will be extremely durable and won’t break your budget.

Check out all the ways Bradford can help with your library storage and repurposing quandaries here.