Ever wondered what is involved in moving 21 miles of books and archives?

One of the most complex elements of the relocation to the new library building will be the transfer of the manuscript, archive, rare book, modern book and journal stock, glass plate negatives, sound materials, maps, etc etc, from their current locations to new destinations.

We are currently in the process of buying about 15 miles of shelving for the new library and overall we will be moving about 21 miles of stock into a combination of the new building and between existing sites. The tender specification for the removals has been drawn up and we are going through a full tender process conducted under complex European purchasing rules in order to ensure that we appoint a contractor with the specialist experience required to undertake the moves.

Key, of course, to all of this is both the security and safety of the stock during the move, and minimising the disruption to services during it.

Chris Banks

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