Construction of Shelving Facility to Begin This Fall
Construction is scheduled to begin this fall on the Library's new high-density shelving facility, which will be located on Oak Street in Champaign . The first module will house approximately two million volumes and greatly ease crowded conditions in the Main Library bookstacks. Additional modules will be built over the next ten years, providing space for up to 6.8 million volumes. The facility primarily will contain low-use materials.
The Oak Street facility is a major component of the Library's efforts to preserve its rich print collections. Following the Harvard Depository storage model, materials will be stored in bins on 40-foot high industrial-type warehouse shelving. Because items will be shelved by size rather than call number, users will be unable to browse at the shelf. However, the Library is committed to providing “virtual” access to these materials through full bibliographic records and specially designed search strategies in the online catalog.
Users will be able to request Oak Street items via the online catalog request function. Items will be delivered to campus offices or the nearest departmental library. For those who need to consult materials on site, both a reading room and parking will be available.
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