Custom Cantilever Shelving for Form and Function
A recently completed public library features five renovated floors and three new construction that nearly doubled its former size. The glass-and-concrete building, with its glowing three-story atrium, is a focal point of the city’s downtown cultural, commercial, and architectural center. Even the cantilever shelving system was designed to complement the architecture of the building. Working with Spacesaver’s cantilever shelving systems the public library was able to maximize the potential of the building, solve any problems, and prevent costly change orders that saved time and money.
Cantilever Shelving Systems Storing a Wide Variety of Library Media
A big challenge was the wide variety of items that needed to be stored: cassettes, CDs, DVDs, videos, books, periodicals, special collections and so much more. Storing all this media made traditional shelving an impossible option. Only a customized cantilever shelving system would work.
With the help of a Spacesaver® storage expert, a custom cantilever shelving system was developed that adjusts to different depths to accommodate various-sized media. This unique solution incorporates custom pieces into existing Spacesaver products to create an entirely new and very flexible system.
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How the Cantilever Shelving Meets The Public Library’s Storage Needs
An example of the customizations includes adding a pullout feature to an existing browsing bin for small songbooks and playbooks. This same solution was also used in the two-tier browsing bin for CD storage in the Teen section. Hanging files keep pamphlets well organized and facilitate visibility in several departments.
For periodical storage, boxes needed to be factored into the equation. By modifying the hinged arm on the shelving, Spacesaver was able to provide the necessary clearance. When the staff expressed a concern that the black tops on the cantilever shelving system would absorb too much light, Spacesaver custom-painted them white to reflect maximum light.
Even much of the cantilever shelving was ordered in custom heights. The architects designed single-face shelving along the walls, so shelving needed to be sized to fit the niches. In the Children’s Room, a third of the double-faced cantilever shelving is custom height. Standard is 42 inches, but the library needed 48-inch high units to accommodate three shelves of children’s books. Spacesaver was readily able to accommodate this need.
Another example is how partial slat walls were incorporated into the end panels, a cost-saving move that is also great for marketing new book displays. There was also the idea of using flooring on end panels in the Children’s Library. Meticulously matching the floor graphics and continuing the flooring up onto the end panels makes the cantilever shelving appear to rise right out of the floor.
Contact Us for Spacesaver Cantilever Shelving Systems in Your Library
Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for Spacesaver cantilever shelving systems. 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.