The Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the campus of Wake Forest University (WFU) holds more than 1.9 million volumes. There are over 100,000 items circulated each year – and that number is growing.
In addition to the material stored on campus, there is also a sizeable collection of volumes and journals stored off-site. Initially, those volumes – some dating to 1850 – were stored in a commercial facility.
HOW STORAGE MADE THE DIFFERENCE.
The new system has helped Wake Forest on a number of levels. They own the warehouse, which has eliminated costly rental/stocking fees. They have increased capacity by thousands of volumes. They have also created a more functional (or multi-use) space in the on-campus library by moving some of that inventory to the warehouse.
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An educational experience, the installation of the XTend High Bay mobile shelving system has augmented the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s already impressive capabilities. That bodes well for the entire WFU community.
“Libraries are more dynamic and social now. The days when libraries were just places to store and retrieve books has passed,” said Jim Alty, associate vice president of facilities at Wake Forest University. “Patterson Pope made this an easy, educational and rewarding experience.”