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:
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.