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University of Maryland Severn Library

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University of Maryland Severn Library
Affiliated Library
DescriptionSevern Library is UMD Libraries’ high-density shelving facility, ten-minutes away from campus on Greenbelt Road. This facility houses unique, semi-rare, and important research collections.
Contact Name: Arthur Carleton Natishan
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 301-405-9062
Address: 5245 Greenbelt Road, College Park, Maryland 20740 United States
Postal code: 20740
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Year opened: 2016
Total Personnel: 3
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes): 1,250,000
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet): 21000
Current volume count: 611,285

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2020
Previous IMSLocally Developed

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: 50 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 30 (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