Apr 28, 2011

8 million books and counting..

Posted by: David Holt

Item Products (NPD) Ltd were thrilled to play a part in a huge project to relocate 8 million volumes to a purpose built, airconditioned, book storage facility based on a 15-acre site in South Marston, near Swindon for the world famous Oxford University Bobleian Library. The Bodleian was in need of a high-density book storage facility to provide essential space and better protection for its collections. As the Bodleian is a legal deposit library, its collections are gowing by approximately 170,000 volumes per annum, which requires an additional three miles of shelving every year. The Book Storage Facility (BSF) statistics are remarkable. There are 31 aisles, each 71 metres long and 11.4 metres high. They provide a staggering 247,000 linear metres (153.5 miles) of shelving that nets out at 10,052 square metres of book storage.

For Item Products, the project has not been without endeavour. Item Products Technical Director and owner Gerry Taylor said, "Our brief was to design a handle and support backing plate to fit a range of tray sizes and book weights of up to 20 kg. An unusual aspect of the project was the request for a fire retardant material and for the product to be assured for 50 years. Consequently we worked with a new material which will give strength and durability over time whilst blending the material to give a V2 (self-extinguish) fire retardant rating. Mr Taylor went on to say "the volume of handles required to feed the BSF build schedule kept one of our injection moulding machines running for months.

The pictures below give an indication of the scale of the project.

 Bodleian Library BSF

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