A Library Repurposing Showcase: St. Louis Public Library
Today’s libraries must become more than just a place to house collections and give patrons access to books. The modern library must provide spaces for study, collaboration, contemplation, and access to technology. Today’s library patron expects to find computer labs with access to the Internet, free wireless connections for their mobile devices, employment services, meeting and workshop spaces, lounges, study rooms and even cafés.
Libraries have faced the challenge of transitioning from simple book collections to multifunctional learning centers and community gathering places for the last several years. As the demand for increased services grows, so grows the need for more space – often without the luxury of a growing budget, and this is when repurposing existing spaces within the library becomes the best option.
Library repurposing involves creating space on-site for new functions – without eliminating the collections that need to be accessed on a daily basis by staff and patrons. But how is this possible?
High-density mobile storage can relieve space pressure by maximizing space efficiency in collection areas. When aisles are eliminated, floor space is increased, making it possible to create these new repurposed spaces within any existing library footprint. High Density Mobile Library Shelving Can:
Each Spacesaver library shelving solution is designed to fit your specific storage needs with a wide range of custom features and options. Creating a place for everyone to enjoy that not only works for your space today but also for the future can begin with re-designing your library storage.
Lookbook: Library Storage Solutions
Spacesaver mobile storage systems and library shelving solutions make it possible to do more with existing space. Whether it’s print, digital or re-purposing, Spacesaver library storage solutions provide a variety of options to maximize space while providing the best storage solutions. Ever. At Spacesaver we recognize the importance of providing the best library storage solutions that preserve and protect a variety of media. The flexibility to accommodate virtually any type of filing system, cabinet or rack and the development of numerous product innovations designed to provide user safety and to enhance collection preservation have made Spacesaver the leading manufacturer of library shelving and library display systems.
Info Sheet: The Repurposed Library
Long gone are the days when the main purpose of a library was to store the books and media for the community to borrow. Today, libraries are more popular than ever being used by a wide variety of patrons with varying needs. Patrons will now find in libraries computer labs with access to the Internet, employment services, entrepreneurial incubators, meeting/conference/workshop spaces, lounges, and even coffee cafes. Some of this library repurposing is reactive, but much of it is pro-active. Libraries realize that they must repurpose to maintain and grow patronage. Fortunately, Spacesaver® offers storage solutions for any type of repurposing project.
Whitepaper: Space Planning Considerations for Library Repurposing
Library repurposing involves creating space on-site for new functions without eliminating the collections that need to be accessed on a daily basis by staff and patrons. The next step in your process is to determine how to do so. In this paper we will discuss how high-density mobile storage can relieve space pressure by maximizing space efficiency in collection areas, how off-site storage can free up even more space onsite, and lastly, how sustainable design initiatives can be achieved through the use of smart storage solutions.
“We love the openness and natural lighting in our new Library.”
“Developing the acrylic panels was a challenge, Spacesaver stood behind us with engineering support to achieve our goals.”
The use of high-density mobile shelving enabled the library to consolidate the collection from their seven-tiered central system onto just three interior mezzanine-like floors, and open up existing spaces for new functions.
“During the 25 years we were in our old building, the law school faculty, student population and library collection had more than doubled in size. If we didn’t incorporate mobile storage, we would have had to discard more than 40 percent of the collection or move it offsite.”