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Bertrand Russell Archives Storage

Bertrand Russell Archives Storage

NEW LIBRARY SHELVING SHOWCASES AND PROTECTS ARCHIVES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

In 1968 McMaster University Library acquired the archives and personal library of famed British philosopher, social and peace activist, and Nobel Laureate, Bertrand Russell. It has since become one of their most heavily used research collections with scholars from all over the world coming to McMaster to use the archives in their research.

UNIVERSITY WORKS WITH LOCAL ARCHITECTS TO DESIGN A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of McMaster’s acquisition of the Bertrand Russell Archives, the University worked with local architects to design a state-of-the-art facility to house the collection. The facility, located at the University’s Sterling Street entrance, was formerly a private residence that was fully renovated and converted in just nine months.

The most important part of the renovation was making sure that the archives were properly stored and protected, so they reached out to the experts at Spacesaver Solutions Inc. 

A HIGH DENSITY SYSTEM, WOOD-TEK SHELVING AND DAY USE LOCKERS PROTECT AND BEAUTIFULLY DISPLAY THE ARCHIVES

Our Storage Expert met with McMaster’s librarians to design a solution to safely house Bertrand Russell’s large and diverse archives and a significant collection of books and other published materials across three separate areas. We designed a mechanical assist high-density system, Wood-Tek 4-Post shelving, and Day Use Lockers.

The University converted what was once a garage into a secure, climate controlled room, and we installed a mechanical assist high density system with recessed rails. This system maximizes the storage space in the room while ensuring the archives are properly stored and preserved.

In the reading room and a display area, we installed Wood-Tek 4-Post shelving to beautifully house much of the book collection. This shelving is a unique blend of wood and steel, featuring a wood front for a classic look, and a non off gassing metal frame to protect the collection. The system is completely adaptable and adjusts to the Library’s changing needs as the collection grows.

For the security of the collection, the University Library’s requirements included a place for researchers to store their personal belongings while in the Archives, We designed a metal bodied locker system with high pressure laminate doors and Digilock Axis Locks. The locks can be programmed for each new person and reset for the next researcher when they’re finished.

The librarians and staff are thrilled with their new space and systems that protect and display their collection.

The University Library has worked with Spacesaver Solutions Inc. on a number of projects over the years, but the Bertrand Russell Archives was something special. We’re delighted with the results both in the traditional compact shelving and the public areas of the archives, where the Wood-Tek shelving and Day Use Lockers allow us to showcase and protect the collection for future generations of researchers.

- Wade Wyckoff

Associate University Librarian, Collections, McMaster University

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NEW LIBRARY SHELVING GIVES STUDENTS MORE SPACE TO LEARN

The University of Guelph McLaughlin Library is central to the University community as a valued partner and catalyst for learning, research, and knowledge-creation.

Originally built to cater to 10,000 students and a collection of 600,000 they have grown to serve roughly 24,000 students and hold a collection of 1.2 million. They were rapidly running out of space and needed help.

CUSTOM SOLUTION MODERNIZES THE LIBRARY AND CONDENSES COLLECTIONS

Our Storage Experts worked with staff at McLaughlin Library to design a solution that would condense their collections, creating more collaborative space for students. The new system would also help to modernize the library, allow staff to add new offices and create space to store new material that may come in over the next 10 years.

POWERED HIGH DENSITY SYSTEM LETS STUDENTS ACCESS AISLES WITH THE PUSH OF A BUTTON

The new solution includes 2 powered high density mobile systems with cantilever library shelving, and LED canopy lighting that lights each aisle as it opens.

The powered high density system allows students to access aisles with the push of a button. It features a Zero Force Sensor (ZFS) passive safety system that ensures each student operating the unit can do so safely. ZFS is an infrared photoelectric system that prevents a carriage from moving when a person or object is detected, and immediately stops movement in an aisle if a student enters as it’s closing.

We also installed a large mechanical assist high density system in the library’s back room to store and protect world-renowned archival collections in Canadian theatre, landscape architecture, rural history, and Scottish culture.

NEW LIBRARY STORAGE CREATES SPACE TO COLLABORATE WITH ROOM TO GROW

With a tight timeline of just 6 weeks to install, the new storage solution has allowed the library to condense 2 floors of collections to just 1. They now have more space for students to work and collaborate, more offices for staff, and a modern environment with room to grow.

The professionals at Spacesaver Solutions were creative and highly committed to meeting our needs. They did a great job on the project and we consider them partners that we would be happy to work with again.

- Kelly Bertrand

Director, Administrative Services

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