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Kansas State University Library Annex

Kansas State University Library Annex
Kansas State University Library Annex

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Kansas State University Library Annex
Affiliated Library
Kansas State University
Kansas State University
DescriptionThe K-State Libraries Annex opened near the Manhattan Regional Airport in late 2014. The new building features 2,200 square feet of office and processing space, plus 20,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage that can hold an estimated 1.1 million volumes. However, unlike most library environments, the volumes are organized by size rather than subject. Each item is barcoded, placed on a pallet and shelved on 13-foot-high units. The staff uses an automated retrieval system to identify each item’s location. The unique organization further maximizes the annex space and unlocks new possibilities for all of K-State Libraries’ locations.
Contact Name: Dennis Ryan
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 785) 532-3966
Address: 5980 Corporate Drive, Manhattan, Kansas 66503 United States
Postal code: 66503
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Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2019

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
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Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
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In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
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