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Library Lockers Help Protect Special Collections

Securing personal belongings while patrons conduct research.

August 6th, 2020 - less than a minute read

The Challenge: Keep Personal Belongings Out of Special Collections Area

When this major urban library underwent a complete interior renovation, staff wanted to improve public access to the expanded special collections area while limiting the risk of lost or damaged collection items. They decided that prohibiting food, drinks, bags, and backpacks would help prevent such loss or damage.

The design team recognized the need to provide secure temporary storage for prohibited items near the special collections area. They wanted lockers that would be:

  • Secure
  • ADA-compliant
  • Integrated with the building’s new interior design
  • Sturdy and durable to minimize maintenance headaches
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Download Protecting Special Collections Case Study

The Solution: Library Lockers from Spacesaver

The design team chose Spacesaver’s Day Use Lockers encased in custom wooden doors and surrounds. They opted for two banks of two-tiered lockers in “island” configurations, which provide convenient work surfaces in addition to functional storage. They also wanted to avoid issues that can arise with lost keys, so they chose a keypad lock with an integrated, easy-to-use handle.

library locker counter-height
library locker counter-height

Spacesaver provided shelving throughout the newly renovated library, so the design team appreciated the opportunity to simplify the procurement process by purchasing lockers from the same manufacturer as the shelving.

Touchless Lockers and Other Library Locker Options

Library lockers consist of sturdy steel frames, full overlay doors, and secure locks.

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We offer touchless locks that operate via RFID and can open with a simple swipe of a badge or library card. Other options include combination, keypad, and hasp.

day use lockers secure locks


Doors and optional surrounds are available in steel in your choice of powder-coat paint color, HPL (high-pressure laminate), or wood (wood is a custom order).

Design Your Library Lockers

Library lockers are ideal for makerspaces, for storing personal belongings near library entrances or in the stacks, and for protecting special collections. Contact us to arrange a free space assessment with your nearby Spacesaver consultant, who can explain your options and help design the perfect lockers for your space.

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