Library Space is in High Demand
As a librarian, you’re involved in reoccurring - and often competing - discussions about how best to develop and manage your collections and how to effectively create more spaces to deliver new services to your users.
Manage your valuable collections with offsite storage and access services designed for libraries like yours.
How do you make room for that new makerspace or technology suite?We understand the needs of your library community. In fact, we have developed a variety of offsite storage solutions specifically to address the unique challenges you’re facing today. Our experience and scale allow us to offer the right environmental controls for your collections - from ambient, to climate controlled, to cold storage options. With Iron Mountain, you'll be able to meet the specific storage and service needs to securely manage and preserve your collections.
Library CollectionsYour library space is prime real estate. The average weighted cost per year of housing a book in your library is high – research shows it’s likely over $4 per item. Weigh that against the portions of your collection with relatively low circulation rates and the idea of repurposing your space makes sense. Nevertheless, your current holdings are important to your institution and it is your responsibility to balance preservation and access.
Archives and Special CollectionsManaging a library’s Special Collections and Archives is a complex responsibility. Climate-controlled special collections space is extremely limited in the library and archival-quality offsite storage is at a premium. This unique content is part of what defines your library and the duty of preserving it falls on your shoulders. When that next donor makes an offer, you don’t want the lack of proper storage to dictate your response.
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the right storage environment
We realize that your library material preservation needs vary. The storage solutions we have developed offer a variety of options that support different temperature and humidity ranges, so you don’t have to make sacrifices that put your collections at risk.
Our experience and scale allow us to offer you the right environmental controls for your content. We have standard ambient, light-climate controlled or heavy-climate controlled options. With Iron Mountain, you'll be able to meet the specific storage and service needs to safely and effectively manage your collections.
AmbientAmbient climate with a minimum temperature of 55℉
Office ConditionsHVAC temperature control set to maintain comfortable environment for people (ex. 68-70℉)
Climate ControlTemperature and humidity control with multiple possible set points (ex. 60℉/40% RH)
When you manage your own storage annex you incur significant management responsibilities such as capital assets, staffing, management contracts and shelving systems. You are also locked into fixed budgets with fixed capacity, making it difficult to plan for projects that require larger accession and/or deaccession. On the flip side, on-campus book storage space is in short supply and could be repurposed at any time.
By outsourcing to a pay-only-for-what-you-use storage model you can respond to on-campus strategies by easily scaling up and down. You also eliminate the burden and cost of managing your annex. Choosing outsourced, offsite storage will allow you to:
With Iron Mountain your patrons will have access to the offsite collection through the same tools they use today. From your library patrons' perspective the user experience is seamless. They will have unmediated access to your offsite content while following your ILS or archive system access rules.
By not placing the burden of ordering remotely stored materials on your library staff you are avoiding the need to create a new circulation workflow. Ensuring that they have the time to provide a higher level of service to your patrons.
With Iron Mountain your patrons can place online orders straight through your ILS, and they will be fulfilled within one business day - either online or through our efficient transportation network:
- orders are delivered the next business day
- patrons choose physical delivery or digital article delivery
- optional integration with your ILS
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Why Iron Mountain?
Iron Mountain has the scale, resources, and expertise to work with you on any size project – whether you need to shift books between library branches or your library annex or get 100’s of thousands of volumes to your library book storage facility. Our experts in the logistics of library moving are ready to help you organize and execute your move. Bring your questions to Iron Mountain.
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