Regardless of the type of museum environment a curator might work in, the following is almost always true—when you are offered a rare collection of books or artifacts that fits in perfectly with your organization’s offerings, you take it—even if that means that your already tight museum storage space will be compromised.

This is what happened to the Delaware Art Museum. Eight years ago, the museum had expanded and renovated their space, including three brand new wings, a café, space for arts education programs, a museum store, offices, and collection care facilities, With the expansion, the museum selected a shelving system from Spacesaver to house their collections, which contained both works of art and library holdings.

With the new wings of the museum open, donations poured in at a rapid pace, including a very large donation of rare and specialized classic books with the original publisher bindings. Even with the addition of the efficient shelving system, there simply wasn’t space for another 40 to 50 boxes of books. For a few months after acquiring the collection, the museum’s curators and librarians would have to access titles by searching through the many boxes.

Fresh off a massive expansion and still lacking the additional space they needed. . .

Fresh off a massive expansion and still lacking the additional space they needed, the museum team called in the storage team at DSSI. “What we were looking for was to add additional shelving units in the space that we already had,” said Bruce Canter, Chief Operating Officer of the museum. DSSI worked with the museum to maximize all available space, including helping with the layout of the library stacks to create additional storage. In place of the static shelving units, a mechanically powered high density shelving system installed to appease the museum’s spatial needs.

Canter says working with DSSI and Spacesaver was a no-brainer. “The way that this mechanically powered high density shelving system is designed, it’s really simple to add on an additional shelf, and the system really lends itself to ease,” he says. “They know what they’re doing, they know how to give you that extra space and save space.” The museum couldn’t be more pleased with the final product. The mechanically powered high density shelving system cleared space and promoted organization—creating a true storage masterpiece.

We’ve installed powered high density shelving systems for several museum storage and archival storage need—including Philadelphia’s Chemical Heritage Foundation, where we created a storage solution for over a mile and a half of linear storage in a 16’ wide space.

For more information on our line of high-density mobile storage systems, visit our Mobile Storage page.

We’ve installed powered high density shelving systems for several museum storage and archival storage need—including Philadelphia’s Chemical Heritage Foundation, where we created a storage solution for over a mile and a half of linear storage in a 16’ wide space.

For more information on our line of high-density mobile storage systems, visit our Mobile Storage page.