In libraries, acoustics are critical to ensure a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere where noise is kept to a minimum. You also want people to be able to move comfortably, and easily find the information they require. Flexibility is also another important factor for libraries.
Configurations and layout of libraries change quite often, so the design and products must accommodate these changes and provide flexibility. Libraries were once a place for books, today, they must make available a wide variety of media, CD's, DVD's, Newspapers, Braille etc. A variety of systems are often required to accommodate this new range of media. Then there is the issue of striking a balance between frequently accessed media and occasionally accessed media in a way that does not impact on retrieval requests which still need to be achieved in a timely manner. Due to space being at a premium, many libraries are trending towards, using ASRS solutions to store books and media which allows libraries to better utilise floor space. Dexion has provided ASRS library solutions that have resulted in speedy retrieval, improvement in accuracy of inventory control, high inventory security, picking and put away efficiencies and cost savings related to footprint and labour.
The only library storage facility in Australia to use custom-designed high rise shelving to store newspapers, with wire-guided stock pickers to access the material
Finding additional space to house its expanding collection of seven million items is an ongoing issue for the National Library of Australia