Library Shelving Units
What Library Shelving Units MUST offer
For any public or private lending library, the need for shelving is obvious. Row upon row of books are what attract people to libraries, from books on factual events to the latest best-seller.
With libraries under threat as budgets are being squeezed, the need for affordable library shelving units has never been greater.
But we think that these kinds of shelving solutions need to offer a bit more too…
Frankly, we don’t think there is ever an excuse for something a practical and fundamental as library shelving units to be ugly or cumbersome. There is no reason why shelving cannot be functional and stylish.
In fact, many libraries prefer their shelving to be streamlined and minimalist. Some opt for metal shelving units, others prefer the traditional look of wood. There are many design options which we know means there are options to suit every budget and every library.
Sturdy and stable
Whether you lend to the public or not, library shelving units need to be sturdy and stable. With significant weight on the shelves, as well as people continually moving books on and off the shelves, they need to be able to withstand both the weight of books and other items, as well as things being moved on and off them.
Nothing stays the same and there are times in a library where sections of books need to be moved. Fixed shelving offers very little in the way of flexibility.
In fact, fixed shelving offers no flexibility or movement in position. But moveable shelving means flexibility and versatility, perfect for busy libraries where changes happens from time to time.
However, when it comes to moving items such as shelving, it can be a tough job. Hooks need slotting in perfectly, or the shelf will not balance. This can be a fiddly job but investing in lightweight, but sturdy library shelving units, and it is not too much of a problem to quickly and easily re-adjust or move the shelves.
Accommodate different heights and widths of books
Books are not made of the same height; there is no uniform size. Some are hard backs, some are paperbacks. Some are tall, thin books; others are small and squat.
However, placing books on a shelf that is too tall wastes space. Squeezing a book onto a shelf that is not quite tall enough damages the book. It can also be difficult to get the books on and off the shelf with ease.
Again, the answer is versatility and the need for library shelving units to be adjustable to the height that you need them.
Getting books on and off the shelves is key, as well as patrons being able to see what is stored on the shelves. Ease of access is paramount with any design of library shelving units.
And this is why we suggest that you contact us to find out more about the range of library shelving units that we can create for you.
Please contact Komandor Storage Solutions to discuss your requirements.