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Penn Libraries Research Annex -- LIBRA

Penn Libraries Research Annex -- LIBRA
Penn Libraries Research Annex -- LIBRA

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Penn Libraries Research Annex -- LIBRA
Affiliated Library
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
DescriptionIn January of 2011, the Libraries began moving off-campus collections to the Penn Libraries Research Annex (LIBRA), a new facility at 31 Phoenix Drive, West Deptford, NJ. The selection of this site concluded more than a year of effort by the Libraries and Facilities & Real Estate Services to find a cost-efficient, adaptable, and long-term space to accommodate Penn's growing library collections and ensure rapid delivery of materials in both physical and electronic form.
Contact Name: Peter Collins
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Phone Number:
Address: 31 Phoenix Drive, West , NJ, Deptford, New Jersey 08066 United States
Postal code: 08066
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Year opened: 2011
Total Personnel: 7
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes): 4,000,000
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet):
Current volume count: 2,700,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2021
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): 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: 68 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 45 (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): 17