Mobile Compact Shelving
If you have spent much time in Renne Library, you know that its shelves are filled to capacity. Since an addition to the building is not likely anytime in the near future, one solution to address collection storage was to install some high-density mobile compact shelving.
What is Compact Shelving?
Mobile compact shelving consists of standard library cantilevered shelving that is mounted on wheeled carriages which travel on rails that have been installed onto the floor.
This arrangement means that fixed aisles are not required between every stack: the stacks can be compressed into a smaller space and a single aisle is created as needed by rolling the stacks apart to access a specific range. Moving the stacks is accomplished by using an electrical motorized drive system. A compact shelving system can hold approximately three times as many books as conventional shelving in the same floor area. Consequently it is also three times as heavy! The only space in Renne which is currently capable of bearing this additional load is the slab basement floor, which is where we installed this system. Materials will then be relocated to the basement freeing up space on the upper floors.
What Materials are on Compact Shelving?
The following materials have been moved to compact shelving as of March 2011:
How to Operate the Compact Shelving
NOTE: Every aisle has a floor-level and aisle-entry safety photo sensor. The system will not operate or reset if somebody is in an aisle. The system will automatically stop if somebody enters a closing aisle.