A bookless library, part I : Relocating print materials to off-site storage
Sewell, Bethany B.
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This article presents an analysis of the feasibility of a bookless library in a research setting. As spaces for collections are being converted for increased study and community spaces, many libraries have been moving low-use collections to off-site storage. Issues regarding the types of storage spaces available are addressed. Concerns and solutions addressed include electronic availability, virtual browsing, and efficient interlibrary loan services. The article concludes that although moving all materials off site could be adequate for research needs on a short-term basis, the permanent removal of all materials would be undesirable due to a loss of discovery by browsing.
Sewell, Bethany B. (2013). A bookless library, part I: Relocating print materials to off-site storage. Journal of Access Services, 10(1), 43-50.
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