Engage & Inspire
As public libraries change to meet the needs of their communities, staff need to create space for new uses while still accommodating book collections and other materials. Spacesaver’s USA-made cantilever shelving, compact shelving, and other custom library shelving solutions have helped libraries serve their patrons for decades, aligning to modern library design trends while offering flexibility and functionality.
Create Space for New Uses
Using high-density mobile shelving enabled the historic St. Louis Central Library to consolidate its collection from a seven-tiered central system onto just three interior mezzanine-like floors, plus the basement level of the library. The design maximizes the interior floor space of the building’s original footprint and frees space for new elements.
Move Beyond Basic Metal Library Shelving
Cantilever Shelving: Stationary or Flexible
Library book shelving has options that range from great to gorgeous.
Make a Bold Statement
Custom Shelving as a Design Element
The renovation of the Madison Public Library’s downtown location presented staff and designers with the opportunity to brighten and expand a reading area for children. A major feature in this vibrant space is a soaring installation that consists of out-of-circulation books displayed on engineered-to-order Spacesaver 4-Post Shelving.
The primary goal of the Philadelphia Free Library’s renovation was to help bridge the city’s “digital divide” – the growing gap between residents who have convenient, affordable internet access and those who don’t. Relocating books from a restricted stacks area helped to create new spaces with Wi-Fi access and other resources for meeting areas, offering more opportunities for the city's residents.
Learning For All Levels
Library shelves ought to be designed for accessibility for all patrons. Maintaining compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is easily achieved with Spacesaver’s storage systems. Learn how to encourage exploration and ensure accessibility with Spacesaver's browsing bins and child-sized displays.
50 Years of Public Library Shelving
Whether your community is considering building a new library or renovating your existing facility, contact Spacesaver early in the design process for expert insights and assistance. Local teams can conduct a site survey, explain your options, provide drawings, and create solutions to engage and inspire your patrons for decades to come. Schedule a meeting today.