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Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility

Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility
Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility

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Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility
Affiliated Library
University of Oxford
University of Oxford
DescriptionThe Book Storage Facility (BSF) stores lower-usage items from the Libraries' collections including books, maps, manuscripts, microfilms, periodicals and newspapers primarily from the 18th century onwards. The BSF was built as shelving space had been running out at the existing bookstacks across the Bodleian Libraries and in the temporary storage facilities already used by the Bodleian - both within Oxford Image of shelving within the Bodleian Libraries' Book Storage Facilityand across the UK. The £26-million facility includes an incredible 153 miles of shelving to hold from 12-13 million items. Since opening the Bodleian has received 1,000 new books every working day through Legal Deposit, purchases, donations and archive bequests. The BSF provides a timely and professional service to readers at the Bodleian's many libraries across the University of Oxford. Requests for materials are made online via the Bodleian's online SOLO catalogue. Items are retrieved and then delivered to Oxford via vans that travel between Swindon and Oxford twice a day. (Source:
Contact Name: Susan Allcock
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Address: , South Marston, England SN3 4RY United Kingdom
Postal code: SN3 4RY
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Year opened: 2010
Total Personnel: 24
Annual Budget: 1012954
Total Capacity (volumes): 13,000,000
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet):
Current volume count: 10,667,462

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2021
Previous IMSGFA Library Archival System
Date Implemented2010

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?
Shelving Height (max): 30
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?
Target operating temperature: 62 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 52 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles): 27