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Libraries Need Creative Storage Solutions

library cantilever shelving customized with canopy topsThe diverse storage needs of libraries means that a standard product won’t always get the job done. Many libraries require creative storage solutions like taking cantilever shelving – one of the most common library storage systems – and adding aesthetically-pleasing variations. One of the most popular and best looking cantilever shelving customizations is acrylic end panels and canopy tops. These can best be seen in the installation at the Seattle Central Library.

How the Acrylic End Panels & Canopy Tops Were Made

The library had two main goals: 1) highlight their massive collection of 1.4 million books and 2) maximize the natural light in the building. With these goals in mind, the design team responsible for the library renovation decided they needed a way to make the cantilever shelving translucent.

This idea was made possible through testing different acrylic materials for resistance, strength, and durability; sourcing stainless steel pins to offset the acrylic panels from the shelving frames; and engineering light brackets for overhead lighting of the shelves. The resulting product, cantilever shelving with acrylic end panels and canopy tops, was exactly what the library and design team wanted.

The Customized Cantilever Shelving Meets the Library’s Design Goals

cantilever shelving with acrylic end panels at the Seattle libraryThe new shelving complemented the library’s design concept because there are no visible barriers of maximizing natural light by not causing the visual barrier that opaque end panels and canopy tops would. The customized shelving also allowed the books to be a main focal point.

These acrylic end panels and canopy tops systems speak to how an engineered to order product creates unique storage solution, as well as the importance of customization. As one of the library’s managing architects stated, “Standard solutions are easy to find, but a modified design approach is critical to achieving a unique outcome.”

Contact Us for Cantilever Shelving Acrylic End Panels & Canopy Tops

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for cantilever shelving with acrylic end panels and canopy tops to all types of libraries. SSG will even provide a free consultation to determine your exact needs before the design process begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.


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