Cost-effective storage for odd-sized special collections

10 Sep 2018

Many college and university libraries serve as repositories for their institutions’ archives and special collections. Items of historical interest can include architectural plans, works of art, programs and tickets from stage productions and sporting events, professors’ notes and journals, and rare books. These items need to be documented and properly preserved.

Faculty and staff at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, worked with their architect and their local Spacesaver consultant to design a secure area in the college’s new library to house archives and special collections. While the bulk of archival paper storage was housed on compact mobile shelving, the college also needed to store odd-sized items including plaques, dinnerware, and other objects associated with the institution’s history.

Due to budget considerations, and because the objects didn’t need the more extensive protection offered by museum cabinets, library staff opted to install Spacesaver’s 4-Post shelving units fitted with doors and slide-out 4-Post trays. The trays fully extend, allowing researchers to view objects without disturbing them, and the doors have keyed locks, providing an additional layer of security. As the collection grows over time, the trays can be raised or lowered without special tools, allowing staff to adjust tray spacing to maximize space and accommodate objects of different heights.

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