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Libraries have evolved from rows of library shelving stacked with books and archive collections into more open spaces that provide patrons with multifunctional spaces that foster collaboration and interaction. Within both educational institutions and public libraries, repurposing space has been at the forefront of recent library construction and remodeling trends. By condensing collections and reducing the overall storage footprint, Spacesaver helps libraries provide areas for:

  • Collaborative Workspaces

    One of the main goals for renovating libraries is to make room for more collaborative learning spaces. These large workspaces allow for groups to work together on projects, interact to solve problems, and develop new ideas.

  • Meeting Rooms

    Designed to offer spaces for groups to work collaboratively without interrupting other patrons’ quiet study, these rooms can be used to hold meetings, classes and programs.

  • Makerspaces

    Makerspaces are areas dedicated to constructing projects, which could be anything from simple arts and crafts to working with power tools and electronics.

  • Cafes

    A coffee shop vibe can be achieved without leaving the library. Many repurposed libraries are integrating cafes that include a variety of drinks and snacks that go above and beyond the basic vending machines.

  • Media Rooms and more

    Technology savvy rooms stocked with computers, lap tops, cameras and recording devices, media rooms are becoming a large part of library repurposing because of the switch to digital collections and downloads.

Each library that repurposed their space sets the bar higher for another. The library of the future offers more than just books, it provides collaborative spaces and a sense of community. 

Change the Way You Look at Libraries

Spacesaver helps repurpose libraries by replacing static library shelving with innovative shelving solutions and mobile storage systems. All Spacesaver library shelving solutions, like 4-post and cantilever shelving systems, are designed to fit your specific storage needs and create a space that works for you.

High-Density mobile systems eliminate static aisles and increase a library’s open floor space, making it possible to repurpose those areas for other uses. Each compact shelving unit can:

  • Consolidate existing collections
  • Create easy and efficient organizations
  • Provide room to grow for the future

Info Sheet: The Repurposed Library

Long gone are the days when the main purpose for libraries was to store books and media for the community to borrow. Today, Libraries are repurposing their spaces to provide collaborative areas, private rooms for meetings and conferences, workshops or makerspaces, lounges and cafes. Library repurposing has become a pro-active trend used to maintain and grow patronage, and also to better support the community.

Download The Repurposed Library Info Sheet to learn more about trends and solutions that are changing the way we view libraries.

White Paper: 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.

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