Our library collections are vital to the teaching and research mission of our university. As we continue to expand our collections, adding over a mile of books and journals per year on average, we continue to need space to shelve these materials.
Now more than ever libraries are being called upon to be more than just repositories for physical collections. The UW-Madison campus has identified around 30,000 square feet of library space that could be immediately renovated for updated library services, study spaces, and computer-enhanced learning facilities if alternative space for shelving could be made available. Our existing and future shelving facilities and partnerships will allow our libraries to meet the current needs of our patrons, while upholding a dedication to increasing and maintaining our collections.
Off-site shelving facilities have been in existence for over 20 years at many major academic universities, allowing us to learn from their experiences and successes. Our goal is to not limit or prohibit access, but to allow for expansion and repurposing of space while providing the best access possible to our collections.