Contracts completed in the last two years include the Brynmor Jones Library at Hull University, the Laidlaw Library at Leeds University, the main library at the University of Lancaster, storage for the Essex Collection of Fine Art from Latin America (ESCALA) at Essex University and the Weston Library in Oxford where more than 40 kilometres of shelving houses the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. At Birmingham University, the company is currently in the process of installing shelving in the new library which will open later this year.
Each of the above libraries had very specific requirements. At the Weston Library, special features of the shelving included equipping mobile units with torque limiters and using a braceless construction for mobile and static units to allow large items to be stored across both sides of double sided stacks to keep book collections in the correct
In Hull, static shelving includes magazine display units and, as the existing library was being refurbished, to provide space to store books from those floors on which the new shelving was being installed, a temporary ‘decant area’ was created. Ecospace determined the amount of storage space required and used mobile shelving to create maximum storage capacity.
To provide storage for the fine art collection at Essex University, pull out picture racking has been combined with glass fronted shelved units and storage drawers and to allow pictures to be easily displayed in an adjacent seminar room, framed mesh panels, similar to those used in the picture racking, were fixed to the walls.
‘Our aim is not only to supply and install shelving but to provide the best possible solution to suit each University’s long term needs,’ said Richard Ryan, Ecospace’s Managing Director. ‘Each library is different and we make every effort not only to consider what the immediate requirement may be but what may be needed in the future.’
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