Storing history

The Cambridge University Library collections encompass around nine million books, manuscripts and other physical items that wish to be kept safely.

Cambridge, The UK. The SSI SCHAEFER storage solution involved the construction of 24 aisles of high-bay narrow aisle shelving with each aisle providing an overall storage area at the facility of 87,000 m² which offers superb storage density.

Over 68,000 dividing shelves were fitted with storage trays located on the shelves 2 or 3 trays deep, providing over 100,000 locations. In addition, SSI SCHAEFER supplied 25 high density drawer cabinets providing 600 drawers to store large format maps and documents.

Ady Powell, Facilities & Library Storage Facility Manager commented, “Our new storage facility delivers on all fronts. Huge storage potential, perfect environmental conditions for our rare and unique books, all stored in streamlined, ergonomic shelving which has been designed with the team in mind. Data is available at the touch of a button with a comprehensive warehouse control system to ensure we can pinpoint the exact location of any item, at any time. We’re proud of our facility and the role it plays in ensuring the continued safe keeping of our historic collection.”

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