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3 Strategies to Make Space In Libraries for Social Distancing

3 Strategies to Make Space In Libraries for Social Distancing

Save Space and Promote Learning With These 3 Strategies

In order for students to feel safe and focused, campus libraries are looking for ways to allow for social distancing without sacrificing the storage of necessary learning materials. Access to texts and materials in libraries is essential, but there’s also a new demand for space.

Thankfully, with high density mobile storage systems, it is possible to store necessary materials for student access while freeing up space for social distancing. 

Libraries can use mobile shelving to save space and promote learning with these 3 strategies.

Strategy 1: Off-Site Storage

Move collections to an off-site facility to free up space for social distancing.

Consolidating printed materials, artwork, archives, and other collections in off-site facilities allows institutions to re-purpose valuable space on campus. In the short term, this opens up enough space to enforce social distancing guidelines. The in the longer term, the open areas can be reconfigured to offer new technology and collaborative work spaces.

 

Strategy 2: Compact Storage On-Site

Reduce the stacks’ footprint with high density mobile shelving.

High density mobile shelving systems keep materials on-site in about half the space of static (non-moving) shelving. This frees up space for individual carrels, socially distant collaboration areas, or other uses. Compact shelving can also delineate areas to help enforce density guidelines. 

To reduce high touch surfaces, considered powered mobile systems that allow users to open and close aisles from their personal mobile devices instead of using touchscreens.

Strategy 3: Convert Existing Mobile Systems

App-controlled systems enable touchless operation.

Eliminating high touch surfaces is one of the best ways to prevent disease transmission. The TUSC Control app allows users to open and close aisles, browse and search for stored items, and view the system’s safety status – all from their personal devices, without touching the system’s control pads.

Clients with mechanical assist systems can have their systems converted to the powered operation to enable the app.

If you’re designing a new campus library or overhauling your current one, our Storage Experts are happy to help! We’re the experts in creating custom library storage solutions that will fit your design and budget – contact us to get started today!

 

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Creating Healthier and Safer Campuses

Creating Healthier and Safer Campuses

Create a Safer Environment for Students

Without massive budgets to spend, Colleges and Universities need to find new ways to use existing space without starting new building projects or major renovations. With students away for winter break, now is the perfect time to start planning for safer spaces to work, learn, and heal.

As the Storage Experts, we can help you repurpose your existing space in a way that increases storage capacity and creates a safer environment with clever storage solutions.

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If you’re tackling a storage challenge at your College or University, our Storage Experts are happy to help! We’re the experts in creating custom education storage solutions that will fit your design and budget – contact us to get started today!

 

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Creating Adaptable Spaces in Campus Libraries

Creating Adaptable Spaces in Campus Libraries

Maximize your space while being flexible for future changes

As students’ needs and learning styles evolve, libraries have to adapt their space to serve different purposes. The difficulty is campus libraries rarely have the opportunity or budget to renovate. They have to get creative with their space – that’s where we, the Storage Experts come in. 

There are many different library storage solutions that will let you maximize your storage of media and collections, while still allowing you to condense your storage footprint. This creates more space for other student resources such as group work, quiet study, and community spaces. 

Check out the different types of stationary and mobile shelving below that allow you to maximize your space while being flexible for future changes.

A-Frame Carts

Mounted on exposed casters to allow for frequent rearranging of the space  

Stationary Cantilever Shelving

Designed to be a more permanent fixture

Cantilever Carts

Concealed casters still allow for flexibility, but are meant for more infrequent moves

Compact Mobile Shelving

Maximizes space and stores more

If you’re designing a new campus library or overhauling your current one, our Storage Experts are happy to help! We’re the experts in creating custom library storage solutions that will fit your design and budget – contact us to get started today!

 

For more ideas, check out our Education Storage Brochure

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