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Q. Why does the University Libraries need a high-density library storage facility?

Answered By: Molly Boyd
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017     Views: 6

The Libraries’ current storage facility (LISA) is nearing capacity, and a future high-density library storage facility is the solution to a few problems.

  • At a time when print use is declining and demand for space is at a premium, the Libraries has the opportunity to free up space and resources in the heart of campus by prudently managing its physical collections, thereby enabling a future renovation of Mullins Library to create more study and collaborative work space for faculty and students.
  • Changes in educational technology have altered the way students learn and how research is conducted. The Libraries’ ability to adapt to meet user needs is limited by the lack of space.
  • The mechanical systems in the original Mullins Library (western side), which was opened in 1968, are failing. However, asbestos remediation must occur before systems can be replaced or updated. As a precaution, entire areas will be sealed off during remediation to minimize contamination risks.
  • High-density storage facilities can be built and operated for about a quarter of the cost of conventional library space. Their modular plan means additional storage can be added at a lower cost when needed.
  • The future high-density library storage facility's carefully controlled environment will extend the life of collections up to seven times, ensuring their availability to future generations of students and scholars.
  • Mullins Library was last expanded in 1997, when the student population was around 15,000. The student population in Fall 2016 was 27,000 and is projected to continue to rise. The increase in students has resulted in higher demand for study space, collaborative space, and creative work space.
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