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Pennsylvania State University Libraries Annex

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Pennsylvania State University Libraries Annex
Affiliated Library
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University
DescriptionThe Annex is comprised of four retrofitted facilities, within four miles of the University Park campus, where library materials in all tangible formats are stored to relieve congestion. The Annex provides storage, preservation, and retrieval services for materials that cannot be physically accommodated within the libraries. Operations reflect library services with the exception of walk-in services. Operations are currently (2018) in transition from a call number based shelving scheem to a tray model.
Contact Name: Verne Neff
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 814-863-0919
Address: 3110 Research Drive, State College, Pennsylvania 16801 United States
Postal code: 16801
Web site URL:
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Year opened: 1985
Total Personnel: 11
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes):
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet): 65522
Current volume count: 2,218,500

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemNone
Date Implemented2016
Date Implemented1985
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): 12
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: (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: (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): 4