Tulane University Law Library Storage Makes Room For the Past, Present and Future

In New Orleans, Louisiana the John Gitten Weinmann building for Tulane University Law School incorporated Spacesaver mobile shelving systems to store more than 500,000 volumes, making it the 33rd largest in size among law school libraries.

“During the 25 years we were in our old building, the law school faculty, student population and library collection had more than doubled in size,” explained Ray Lytle, Director of Public Services. “If we didn’t incorporate mobile storage, we would have had to discard more than 40-percent of the collection or move to off-site library storage.”

Spacesaver Eclipse powered mobile shelving systems store more than 80-percent of the law library’s collection and feature custom end panels designed to match the rich interior features and furnishings. The remaining space left in the library was used for collaborative group study space as well as a reading and computer room.

Safety is never a concern in the open stacks, despite the 1,100 students accessing materials 17 hours a day, seven days a week. “There was a lot of discussion about whether to get a mechanical or electric system,” said Lytle. “The electric systems met our needs because they are easy to operate, accommodate ADA concerns and provide safety for the students. In fact, we have not had one safety concern in seven years.”

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