Specifying library and archive storage

Most library and archive collections will spend a much greater proportion of time in storage than in any form or use (such as reading rooms or exhibitions), so it is important that storage strategies are prominent in the overall preservation strategy.

This booklet from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre focuses on furniture and equipment for storing physical library and archive collections. The principles apply whether improving or refurbishing existing storage facilities or building new storage facilities, whether you are considering off-site storage, shared storage or outsourced storage. The guidance is relevant to both small and large organisations.

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Date created: 2012

Author: Jonathan Rhys-Lewis

Publisher: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre