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Minnesota Library Access Center

Minnesota Library Access Center
Minnesota Library Access Center

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Minnesota Library Access Center
Affiliated Library
University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities
University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities
DescriptionThe Minnesota Library Access Center is our high-density storage facility for Minnesota libraries that stores and makes available important but little used books. Unlike a library which shelves items either by subject or alphabetically by title, MLAC shelves items by size. The goal is to shelve at the highest density possible to maximize space usage.
Contact Name: Elizabeth Ringwelski
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 612-625-6828
Address: 21 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 United States
Postal code: 55455
Web site URL:
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Year opened: 2000
Total Personnel:
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes): 1,500,000
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet):
Current volume count: 1,500,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemNone
Date Implemented
Integrated library system? The facility uses an ILS
rather than a dedicated inventory management system

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): 17
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: 50 (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):