Compacting Reserve Desk: Secure Storage for Library Materials

14 May 2018


A growing number of university libraries are staying open 24 hours a day to meet increased student demand for study areas and collaboration space. Because circulation desks typically aren’t staffed around the clock, libraries need a secure way to store materials that have been requested for pick-up.

The circulation desk at the University of Louisville is situated between the library’s public areas and its on-campus high-bay shelving area, which is visible through the windows along the back wall. Staff and faculty wanted to locate the reserve shelves behind the desk for quick stocking and retrieval, but the desk area is not secure late at night, when the desk isn’t staffed.

The local Spacesaver consultant suggested installing a counterheight Spacesaver system that could be expanded for easy access first thing in the morning, and then closed and locked at night. Standard Spacesaver rails and flooring were installed on top of the existing floor, and the system’s end panels and tops were clad in finishes that matched the library’s interior design.

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